In this lesson, we will continue looking at questioning while reading. I will also begin introducing interactive notebooks to my students through this lesson. Our focus in this unit are the first three literary standards which focus on asking and answering questions, theme and main idea, as well as the role characters play in the sequence of the events in a story. This lesson focuses on specifc questions that guide the reader while they read.
We have been reading "Destiny's Gift" by Natasha Tarpley. In the story the main character loves to read and write. She keeps a notebook or journal where she writes stories and writes responses to the stories she's read. Through a 'Shared Reading" I read the story to students and then we discuss the main character and the problem she faces. While I'm reading, I jot down some questions on the board. We discuss why she keeps a notebook for writing and about the stories she reads. I also ask students how they think keeping the notebook helps her with the stories she's read. I tell students that we will also keep a notebook and it will be an interactive reader's notebook. I explain to students that we will use the notebook to ask and answer questions about the stories we've read as well as write responses to the story like Destiny does.
In the story, there is a section where the character is at her favorite book store having a discussion with the book store owner about a book they have been reading. During their discussion, the two characters eat butter cookies and tea. I go back to that section of the story and read it to the students. I then ask students what they think the two characters are saying about the book. "What questions do you think they have about the book they're reading?" I ask. I also ask students to tell me some things about the two characters and how these traits and actions move the story along. I list these questions and answers on the board.
Next, I tells students that it's good to pay attention to the questions we have while reading, but there are also some specific questions we can ask while reading stories that guide our thoughts about the story. By asking and answering these specific questions, we help ourselves better understand the story. I tell students that we will use an interactive notebook to help us guide our reading and become a better reader at the same time. We leave a page in the front of the book blank and move to the next sheet. I instruct students to title this page Key Ideas and Details (What the Text Says). Students also skip a line and write: Questions to Drive Guide Your Reading. Afterwards, I show students an anchor chart with the same title and give students a copy of these questions to glue into their notebook. We discuss the questions.
Finally, I guide students in looking at the story they are reading in their guided reading groups. Students are divided into these leveled groups and asked to think about the questions while they are reading. I asked students to pay close attention to the questions about characters.
During this portion of the lesson, I have students continue reading and asking questions while they read. Students are asked to record some of the questions they asked and answered in their notebooks. While students are working, I circulate the room to talk to students about their reading and help to clarify and guide reading.
After students complete the assigned section of reading, discussing, and responding to the story, we come back together as a class and share some of our responses. We talk about how keeping our questions and answers in the interactive notebook along with our responses, help us to better understand the story and keep track of our thoughts as we read stories.