Question Tags Are Fun, Aren't They?

Good writing takes practice, doesn't it? Here, a activity emphasizes the importance of using question tags to improve a written piece. A discussion opens a dialogue about the purpose of a question tag. The class reads several statements and chooses which tag to add for the best emphasis or clarification. Scholars write 10 statements then exchange their papers with a partner who adds a question tag. Peers review and discuss each other's work. A worksheet provides extra practice. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Make an anchor chart with the class that defines a question tag and offers several examples
  • Encourage pupils to use at least one question tag in their next writing assignment 
  • After reviewing worksheets, plan mini-lessons to support struggling writers during ELA center rotations
Classroom Considerations
  • Participants require one black and white copy of a worksheet 
Pros
  • The lesson is easy to follow and builds on from one step to another strategically
  • Requires minimal preparation
  • Encourages participants to add a touch of personality to their writing 
Cons
  • None