But now I’m seeing a lot of fancy pre-made charts like this:
And you know what I notice about these fancy pre-made charts? They’re missing something that I think is really important. The Q &A text structure. I really want to know. What happened to Q &A?
Here are a bunch of great children’s books that make excellent use the Q &A text structure:
And what’s more, this is a text structure that even young children can understand and use successfully. In other words, it’s a great window into text structures, allowing kids to get their feet wet before plunging into learn and use text structures that are more difficult to grasp and differentiate.
So here’s my plea to educators. Let’s bring back Q & A. Let’s recognize that it can be a powerful way to organize information, and if done well, it can make reading more fun by adding an interactive, game-like quality to a text.