Question Marks

Title: Writer’s Workshop (Question Marks)

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rationale: Students will practice deciding if sentences are questions or just statements, in order to use end marks to communicate different things to the reader.

Objectives: 1) Students will create three questions (written) using question words (who, what, when, where, why, or how)

Standards: (from ICCSD benchmarks)

Writing- Writes with appropriate use of capitalization and ending punctuation


  • Chart paper and markers (prepare ahead of time)

Procedure (15 min. approx.)

Lesson Intro: When we write, we are telling the reader different things. That is why we use different ending marks, to show a statement, a question, or an exclamation of excitement.


  • Saying two sentences: You are coming with me now. Are you coming with me now?
  • Ask students which one was a question.
  • Changes in voice, for questions (voice goes up)

Explanation: When we write, readers can’t hear our voice. That is why we use different ending marks to show what we could be saying. How could we tell a reader that we’re asking a question?

  • Show students the sentences that you wrote on the chart paper. (It is cold today. Is it cold today?)
  • Ask them if they can tell which one is a question.

Writing: On chart paper, write I can go home now, and read it aloud.

  • Is this sentence a question?
  • Have a volunteer change the words around to ask a question
    • Changing word order AND adding punctuation can change it into a question.

5 W-question words: Ask students if they know what they already are. They are ‘asking’ words, or question words.

  • Use these words as a start to your question, and come up with 3 questions.
  • Remind students what goes at the beginning of the sentence. At the end?
  • Come up with an example on the chart paper.

Gearing Up:

  • Increase number of questions to write (5)Give students a statement and have them change it into a question.

Gearing Down:

  • Ask students to create one good question.
  • Have them tell you their question first, before their write.
Remind students about parts of complete sentence, capital letter and ending mark.


1) Check students’ WW notebooks for their questions. Did they use the appropriate punctuation? Did their question make sense?

Lesson Success

_______Excellent _________Good _______Fair ______Flop

Lesson template adapted from Amy Schneider

For questions or comments, please contact Mari Hauf