Questioning The Author: Discussion Moves

Drawing attention to an idea that has come up in order to emphasize its importance.


Turning Back To Students
Turning responsibility back to students for thinking through and figuring out ideas.


Turning Back To Text
Turning students' attention back to the text as a source for clarifying their thinking.


Interpreting what students are struggling to express and rephrasing the ideas so that they can become part of the discussion.


Making public some of the processes in which readers engage in the course of reading.

Example (affective response):

Example (response to confusing text):

Providing information to fill in gaps or point out sources of confusion in a discussion (filling in information gaps and/or pointing out sources of confusion).

Reviewing and highlighting the major ideas and understandings learned so far.

Source: The Write Group “Questioning the Author” participant manual based on Questioning the Author by Isabel Beck, Ph.D., and Margaret McKeown, Ph.D.

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