With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
Character Graph – Children can begin analyzing characters with this character graph. After reading a story, choose a main character and identify key points using the prompts on the graph.
Questioning Strategies - As you ask questions about key points in a story, encourage children to verbalize their thinking and support their opinions.
*How did you know that? What makes you think that?
*Ask open-ended questions, rather than “yes” or “no.”
*Avoid judging answers by repeating their response. “Good thinking!” “That’s close.” “I never thought about that before.” “Kiss your brain!”
*Give Time (Thumbs up! Smile! J) – Help children think about what they want to say and provide for individual differences by asking children to stick up their thumb or smile if they know the answer.