In this lesson, I’ll have my students ask some deeper questions that really ‘get to the heart’ of the story. The Common Core Standards represent a shift in thinking toward reading. They require students to ask and answer questions to deepen their comprehension of the text as well as providing evidence for their answers with support from the text. (RL.2.1). Second graders are able to ask questions, but typically these are surface level questions that don’t improve their understanding, and they usually are not able to provide concrete support for their answers. This lesson will help them use questions to deepen understanding and find evidence to support that understanding.
This is also a great opportunity for students to work on their fluency, rate and expression. These poems that are cyclical help kids read with feeling and develop a good rhythm, adding to their comprehension. (RF.2.4b)
Underlined words below are lesson vocabulary words that are emphasized and written on sentence strips for my Reading & Writing word wall. I pull off the words off the wall for each lesson, helping students understand this key 'reading and writing' vocabulary can be generalized across texts and topics. The focus on acquiring and using these words is part of a shift in the Common Core Standards towards building students’ academic vocabulary. My words are color coded ‘pink’ for literature/’blue’ for reading strategies/’orange’ for informational text/'yellow' for writing/’green’ for all other words)
This is the last lesson that I’m teaching as part of a questioning unit. My students are comfortable asking and answering the 3 kinds of questions (inferential, literal and evaluative). If you have not taught lessons about question writing, I encourage you to look at some of the earlier lessons so your students get some practice with writing and answering questions. These lessons include The Whys and Whens of Questioning about Literature, So What Do You Think, Using Evaluative Questions with Literature, Evaluative Questions-Pick Your Side and Argue, Questions Help Us See How Characters Develop, That Striking Language, Ask Questions About Those Illustrations and The 'What's' and 'Where's' of Literature.
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Scaffolding and Special Education: This lesson could be scaffolded up or down, depending on student ability.
Students may need prompting on a whiteboard or to work with the teacher to write the questions. It can be very difficult for students with language challenges to write questions, so the teacher should monitor their progress carefully. Individualize for students - ask them why they chose answers and where they found the answers. Here's how I individualized instruction with a student who has speech challenges.
Students with more language abilities should be challenged to use some of the higher level vocabulary in the book, including 'gobbled', 'creature' and 'monstrous'.