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Reading Strategy

Ch 1-4:  Asking and answering EQs to help you remember what you read


The Goal:

You will review the characteristics of EQs, and use three types of EQs to help you remember what you read in chapters 1-4.  Then, you will submit your answers to the EQs below.

Reading Strategy:  Asking and answering EQs

An essential questions (EQs)  is an open-ended question that requires thought.  It can not be answered with just one or two words, or with yes/no answers.  An EQ sparks the imagination or interest, and encourages additional questions that provoke inquiry and understanding of overarching, or "big" ideas.

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This simple checklist is an easy way to determine if the question being asked is "essential."  EQs will help you remember more than a typical "yes/no" or one-word-answer question.  They do this because they

  • are usually asking something interesting

  • require you to go back into your memory to recall what you read, or

  • encourage you to go back to the reading to find out.

In addition, there are three types of EQs that make remembering what you read more interesting because the answers require a "personal touch" from you, the reader!

There are many types of EQs, but three basic types that help you remember what you read are 

  • EQs that Hook:  Think of this type of question as saying, "Look at this!"  It grabs your attention, imagination, or interest.

  • EQs that Lead:  This type of question says, "Follow Me!"  It will lead you back through the text to the answer.

  • EQs that Guide:  This question guides you like a partner.  It says, "Let's look together" to find answers.  You may have to look back at the text or look outside the text for more information.

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  1.        Make a copy of this file

  2. Review the list of EQs in the document.  See if you can determine what type of EQ each one is.  Don’t worry if you are not sure.  Use the definitions to come up with your best guess.

  3. Then, using chapters 1-4, answer each EQ. 

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Your parent will give you a score on this assignment.