Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What do Photographs and Captions Tell Us About the Story? Day 2 of 2 - Section 3: Reading With Text Dependent Questions


Today, to reread the section of "Finding An Idea," in the autobiography Stirring Up Memories, I asked my students four questions on each page: 1. What text features does the author use? 2. What do the photos/illustrations/captions show? 3. How do these text features help us to understand the story/author better? and 4. Why do you think the author included these text features?

Why am I asking these questions? Because I want to bring attention to text features: photos, illustrations, and captions. I want to make explicit the meaning of these text features,  so I also charted the responses under two headings: "Pages" and "What do the captions/photos show?"

So the goal was to read the page then pose the questions of what do the photos tell us? After that I transcribe their responses.

So what went well? The chart was a great visual for my English Language Learners. It helped me to organize the material and to reference it as we reread/analyzed the section we were reading during Socratic Seminar.

What would I do differently? I would have stopped after modeling page 443 and turned it over the task to the students for them to do individually or with a partner, and then I would pull some students to work in a small group.

The reason I say this is because doing all 6 pages was too much. It tired my students, and I feel it impacted the quality and quantity of the writing later on.

Having had the students finish the rest of the pages on their own or in a small group would have made it a more interactive opportunity.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Reading With Text Dependent Questions
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What do Photographs and Captions Tell Us About the Story? Day 2 of 2

Unit 4: Stirring Up Memories, An Autobiography
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand text features in an informational text.

Big Idea: The text features the author uses liven her story and stir up a lively conversation about what is important to her.

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