This is the 1st post in our new series: “Guide your Students to Success” that will explain how to best use the instructional components within BookNook.

Asking questions that will lead your students to higher levels of comprehension and being more critical learners is not easy. Educators spend a lot of time crafting questions that utilize Bloom’s taxonomy lead their students from being able to recall information all the way up to be able to higher order skills of evaluating and creating. With BookNook’s built in talking points and discussion questions that have been designed by educators, you can ask effective questions using dialogic reading techniques that will increase your students’ comprehension of each text and make your sessions full of energy and student talk time.

During the lesson portion of BookNook when you and the students are reading, you’ll see talking points that pop up along the way throughout the text for you to ask the students that range from summarizing to author’s intent to using the pictures to help students understand meaning:

These talking points are designed to enhance the read aloud experience to ask the right questions at the right time. If a student is in the middle of the sentence, simply prompt the group by saying, “When Justin is finished with this sentence, I have a question for the group.” When you get a response from a student, thank the student for their response and ask follow-up questions to the group that gives other students the opportunity participate. Here are two examples you can use:

  1. “Does anyone agree or see things in a different way? Tell us why?”
  2. “Let’s hear one more response.”

Teacher Tip: To ensure maximum participation, have groups of students work using the “Think, Pair, Share” method during both the talking points and discussion questions. Ask students to think about their answer silently, pair with a neighbor to share their answer, then ask one or two student to share out with the group.

After reading and going through the talking points, your group will get 4 or 5 discussion questions to answer. These give your group the opportunity to reflect on the book that was just read and focus on the skill for the day:

Since the texts are no longer synced together, this gives your students a wonderful opportunity to think about their responses and use the text that is right in front of them. The skills your students will gain by using the text to support their answers with evidence from the text are lifelong that will be used in their education, personal lives, and professions.

Teacher tip: Use these follow-ups you can use after the discussion questions to engage your students further and give students the chance to refer back to the text:

  1. “How do you know that?”
  2. “Can you find evidence in the text to support your answer? Tell the group the page you found it on.”
  3. “Tell me/us more about that.”
  4. “Can you give me/us more details? Remember to use the text if you need to.”