Teaching comprehension by answering wh- questions
Wu, Katherine N.
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As a teacher of the deaf, I am a teacher of language. Written language is difficult for the deaf to comprehend because they do not understand the structures of a story such as character, plot, and setting. The goal of this study is to be more familar with teaching deaf children these structures. I worked with ten 9-11 years old children who functioned at first or second grade level. These students were "Community-Based" where they develop functional skills for living in a community. The children did not have enough reading skills to be able to read a simple unknown story independently. My cooperative teachers had already developed a routine of discussing pictures in the newspapers. Afterwards, the students helped in creating a caption for each picture. I added another step in this routine: answering written wh-questions asking about the structures: character, setting, and plot. The results of this studu consisted of lesson plans, captions written by the class, written questions, and students' responses.