Proficient readers ask themselves questions about a text. Asking and answering questions like "what's important here?" and "who's speaking now?" helps readers interact with the text and engage prior knowledge. They are also addressing Common Core State Standards related to key ideas and details and the integration of knowledge and ideas. Teach struggling readers' how to engage in self-questioning to increase engagement and comprehension. Use hypertext and collaborative documents to support your students' experimentation with this approach.

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Using a self-questioning strategy can encourage struggling learners to monitor their understanding of the text. Your clear explanations can highlight critical features of the self-questioning approach, especially when you integrate a range of technology tools as suggested below.


  1. Provide Clear Explanations
  2. Give Students Strategies and Models
  3. Provide Opportunities for Practice