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Monday, August 13, 2012


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.