The child must use problem solving, prediction, inference and analysis to answer a verbal question.
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A picture of an everyday event, or social setting e.g. crossing the road, or going to the cinema.
A story to go with the picture (no more than 5 or 6 sentences).
See the resource sheets in 'Language for Thinking' (LfT) by Parsons and Branagan (Published by Speechmark). If using this publication, use Module 1 and the level C questions. This programme has questions for a range of ability levels.
1. Choose a scenario picture.
2. Show the children the picture and read the story to them.
3. Focus on questions that require more working out and understanding of the context, e.g. 'What will happen if he...?' 'Why is it made of that?' 'If you were X, what would you say / do?' 'Why can't he?' (LfT level C questions).
Use some simpler questions to start with (LfT Level A and B if you are using this publication).
If a child gives a short answer, prompt them to expand it.
If the child finds these questions easy, move on to having them read the story rather than you telling it. Go back to using simpler questions and move up through question levels again.