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Three Types of Questioning

Literal – reading on the line


These ask readers to find the answers in the text, e.g. Who is this? What did he do? How many are there?


Interpretative – reading between the lines


These ask readers to provide answers that need to be thought about or an opinion given, e.g. Why is that happening? How will she get down? What will he do next? Why would he do that?


Inferential – reading beyond the lines


These ask readers to provide answers that involve a critical or creative response or link meaning to personal experiences and then evaluate or make a judgment about the text, e.g. What did you learn from this story? What would be another ending that would be good for the giant?


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