Generating Questions Graphic Organizer {printable}

January 10, 2012

Generating Questions Graphic Organizer {printable}

January 10, 2012
This is a file I made awhile back when we first started our Report of Information study in Writer’s Workshop. One of the first lessons was on building background and asking questions about a topic of research.

So I made these simple graphic organizers for my ELL students to brainstorm questions about their topics (they are writing reports on animals). The students worked in pairs to generate questions together. Then, they stored them in their folders, so they could add to the list as they thought of new questions.

I didn’t realize at the time just how helpful these graphic organizers would be!

We’ve been researching and using nonfiction mentor texts for about a month now and it has been great. But it came to that point this week where the kids were coming up to me and saying, “I think I’ve finished!”. All I had to do was ask them to refer to their initial questions and they were exclaiming, “oh! I forgot to look for this!”. (It helps, of course, that I have an adorable class that is way into these animal research projects!).

I know they’re nothing really fancy, but I wanted to share them with you…in case you could use them with your class. I kept them really open-ended because it makes the graphic organizer self-differentiating in a way. My newest ELL students were able to write basic questions on their own, using the question word prompt on each page. My more fluent students were able to ask more extended questions in an organized format. It was cool!

The file contains the six basic questioning words: who, what, where, when, why, and how (though we didn’t use “who” for this particular project). Here’s a little peek:
If you’d like to download the file (it’s free) I put it in my Teacher’s Notebook shop and you can access it by clicking the button below.
Teacher's NotebookAre you using a Writer’s Workshop format in your school? What are your students working on right now?? We are wrapping up reports within the next two weeks and moving onto Memoirs next. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  • Ximena January 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Thank you!!

  • Rachelle January 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    You make the CUTEST stuff! It's so appealing!!!! ! 🙂


  • Kate January 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

    These are so wonderful! Thanks again for sharing!! I will definitely be putting these to good use!
    To The Square Inch

  • Kelley Cirrito January 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Love it!!! Thanks!!!

  • Lisa Howard January 11, 2012 at 1:55 am

    great.. Simple = super smart
    – Lisa
    a teachers bag of tricks

  • Ms.M January 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Ooo, Memoirs, how fancy. We have been working on personal narratives/ small moments for the whole first & second qtr and I am sick of them.

    My firsties are moving I to poetry and will do animal research/ non-fic text in 4th qtr.

    My kinder kids are still working on personal narratives but are moving in to 3 pg books and stretching out their stories.

    A far cry from what your doing. However, I know I can pass this to the other ELL teachers I work with. 🙂

    Ms. M

  • Mrs. McKown January 11, 2012 at 2:14 am

    These are great! My 3rd and 4th graders last year had such a difficult time remembering the question words to even pose questions. This would have helped so much! I will have to put them away in case my grade levels change again in the future…as I am sure they will!
    Thanks so much! Love your stuff as always!

    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

  • Ginger Snaps January 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I am starting animal research papers next week! This is great!

  • Kelley Cirrito January 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

    That is a good idea! I bet it really helps the kids keep track of all their questions and they are all in one place!

  • Erika January 14, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Love these. Thanks.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

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