Readers of nonfiction ask themselves questions before, during, and after reading. We do this to activate prior knowledge, build understanding, and monitor comprehension.
How does the title help me know what this text is going to be about?
Answer: The title has an African
American and it says freedom in the title and it says in the subheading A true story about the Underground railroad. So I think it will be about slavery.
What do I know about this topic or subject?
Answer: The Underground Railroad is not an actual railroad.
What questions do I have?
Answer: What is the freedom box?
What type of nonfiction is this? How does that help me prepare for this read?
Answer: This is a Literary Nonfiction and it is about a culture.
Is there a particular way that the text is structured?
Answer: The text is structured as a story.
What do I understand?
Answer: You can sell the slaves family. Some white men don't like slavery.
What is unclear?
Answer: How do they know the details if they didn't know he was in there?
What new questions do I have?
Answer: Why are slaves not allowed to know their birthday? Will Henry see his family again? Will Henry still be a slave and will his family be free. Why couldn't slaves sing? Will Nancy break Henry out to the Underground Railroad? What is vitriol? I wonder how many slaves travel through the Underground Railroad?
What have I learned?
Answer: The Underground Railroad is not a real railroad.
What are the important ideas that stuck with me?
Answer: Slaves were not allowed to know their birthdays.
What new or lingering questions do I have?
Answer: Did Henry ever see his family again?