Reflection: Modeling Cause and Effect with "Jimmy's Boa" Day Three - Section 3: Independent Practice


    Having students answer text dependent questions are a big shift in the Common Core Standards.  I really recommend that you start having students answer text dependent questions right from the beginning of the year.  Keep in mind that this lesson was done in the middle of April.  What you see my students doing looks so effortless, but I can assure you that it took a great deal of modeling, explaining, patience, and actually demanding students to reach the goal I set for them of answering these kinds of questions.  Though I didn't think to make an anchor chart at the beginning of the year, I have one for you now Textual Evidence Sentence Starters Anchor Chart.  This anchor chart can help you as you model for your students how to start citing text evidence in their answers.  A friend showed me a picture of the sentence starters months later and I wished I had it at the beginning of the school year.  I did start showing my students how to start using evidence right from the beginning of the school year, and now that I have my anchor chart my students will cite text evidence in their answers even better next year.

  Modeling: The Importance of Modeling How to Answer Text Dependent Questions
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Cause and Effect with "Jimmy's Boa" Day Three

Unit 7: Cause and Effect With "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash"
Lesson 3 of 4

Objective: SWBAT identify and record the cause and effect relationships in the third part of the story and then be able to answer questions about the story.

Big Idea: The students will continue to giggle when they hear what this class does on a field trip in our ongoing reading of The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash. The students will again determine how the characters interactions cause the events to happen.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Fiction (Reading), Reading Comprehension, cause and effect
  45 minutes
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