The Levels of Questions strategy helps students comprehend and interpret a text by requiring them to answer three types of questions about it: factual, inferential, and universal. This scaffolded approach provides an opportunity for students to master the basic ideas of a text so that they can apply this understanding and “evidence” to conversations about deeper abstract concepts or complex historical events. Because you can focus students’ attention on the level of questions most appropriate to their reading ability, this strategy can meet the needs of different learners. You can also use the Levels of Questions strategy to prepare students for a class discussion or activity, or as an assessment tool.
Students prepare to study prejudice and stereotyping in Nazi-occupied Germany by considering the ways that people are defined by others.