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Introducing the 5 W questions to your classroom is an important lesson to help students think about a topic and what they want to know about it. Using a 5 W’s graphic organizer is one way to help students visualize all of the questions they have when writing about a topic and organize their thoughts.
What are the 5 W Questions?
Who, what, where, when, and why are the five questions that help to guide basic information gathering. Questions like, “who is the main character in this story?” and, “when did this event take place?” can help students deepen their understanding of a subject.
Encourage your students to ask big questions about a topic. Have them think about what questions can help their research when they are writing a report or story about something they are learning. Asking and answering questions is also a nice way to engage your students in an activity that will feed their curiosity. A few ways that questions can help to facilitate understanding are to make predictions, clarify things that might seem unclear, and to think more deeply about the text.
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