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Simple texts, Complex Questions: Helping Young Children Generate Questions

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As they are naturally curious about the world around them, young children ask lots and lots of questions. In classrooms today, however, there seems to be little space for these student-generated questions as teachers are more likely to pose the questions. Research indicates that question generation is an effective strategy to motivate young readers, to build reading comprehension, and to foster higher-level thinking skills. In addition to exploring the cognitive and motivational benefits of questioning, this article showcase how students can generate complex, juicy question from simple texts — in this case, nursery rhymes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2017

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  • Reading Improvement publishes reports and creative theoretical papers dealing with every aspect of reading improvement, and at all levels of instruction. Articles dealing with encoding and decoding, special education, handwriting, art, and literature in relation to K-12 are included in the sphere of interest. Preference is given to manuscripts that promise better understanding of reading and for improving the reading process.

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