The Old Man and the Sea: Questioning Strategies

Readers learn to ask questions about text with an activity based on Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. As they read, class members craft questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy and then find the answers themselves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have readers craft additional questions from the novel that connect to each level of Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Incorporate the questions and questioning strategy into book reports
  • Use the questions in a reading assessment between chapters 
  • Let class members choose one of the higher-level questions as a writing prompt at the end of the unit
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson, crafted by a student candidate, focuses on explanation rather then procedure
  • Promotes higher level thinking and critical reading
  • Versatile activity great for any novel or short story unit
  • Only provides seven questions, with no room for answers and no extension opportunities