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Using Levels of Questions to Improve Student Reading Comprehension

This workshop session will provide teachers with the skills and resources to engage and support students in becoming independent learners vs. dependent

learners by using levels of questions. The session will focus on strategies to engage students in learning how to read and view critically written materials by critically asking higher order questions and drawing inferences, recognizing different viewpoints and forming their own conclusions about the facts and forces that shape history:
Teaching students the skills associated with free response questions on AP exams
Level 1 Questions – Answers are explicit to the text
Level 2 Questions – Answers are implicit to the text. The questions ask how and why
Level 3 Questions – Answers are found in the text, but use the text to extend the thinking to a universal principle or concept that can be applied to other situations outside the specific time frame of the content
Level 4 Questions – Answers are abstract and not necessarily related to the text. The answers are not found in the text, but are used to expand student’s abilities to think critically outside the box.
Activity – Using familiar text to teach the Levels of Questions Strategy
Teachers will experience the process by using a selected document a fairy tale, short story or other universal text to practice teaching the levels of question strategy
Developing teaching strategies to introduce new primary and/or secondary sources that become part of a student’s habit of mind learning process which they can easily utilize to read, analyze, and understand unfamiliar text, and broaden their reading comprehension skills.

Audience: AP History and Social Studies Teachers
Grade: 10– 12
Number of Days: 1 to 2