Interactive Reading Practice – Writing Levels of Questions

REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE 6 TOTAL TYPES of questions that fall under the categories of Side-Note Questions and Formal Questions.

Side-Note Questions:

  1. Confusion – Question that shows you don’t understand
  2. Curiosity – Question has an answer (not in text)

Formal Questions:

  1. Knowledge – brief answer (who, what, where, when)
  2. Comprehension – has a longer answer (how, why)
  3. Analysis – opinion question with limited answers
  4. Synthesis – opinion questions with variety of answers

Use these articles below to practice writing the 5 types of questions.  *Remember that the 6th, confusion question, simply asks something you are confused about so we won’t focus on it.


Article 1: Pope Francis warns on ‘piecemeal World War III’

Sample Questions:

  1. Curiosity – Why does the Pope think WWIII may have already begun?
  2. Knowledge – Where was the Pope speaking?
  3. Comprehension – Why did the Pope condemn the war?
  4. Analysis – Do you think that another world war is going to happen soon due to conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, and parts of Africa?
  5. Synthesis – How involved do you think the church should be in terms of influencing political leaders?


Article 2: Ebola outbreak: Barack Obama ‘to pledge US troops to fight virus’

Article 3: Islamic State crisis: World leaders pledge Iraq support