Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Tell a Story Day 3 of 3 - Section 2: Reading with Text Dependent Questions


This is the first story we read with text dependent questions. I feel it is interesting to analyze my students' responses to being asked to dig into the text for evidence. Overall, it was as if they were learning a foreign language, and, in teaching and learning a new skill, I have realized that patience is very important. It is going to take time to train students to use the text as a source of information.

Some specific trends I saw ere that some of my students were getting frustrated and seemed tired of having to go back into the text to find the information necessary to answer the question. Some even seemed annoyed that I asked to do so. At this point, many of my students lack reading stamina, and part of the demand here is in digging into the text is taking the time to reread. Some of them wanted to give up.

I feel in the end that this type of reading will motivate them to pay closer attention from the start so that they do not have to spend extra time rereading. It's my hope anyway. We shall see.

For my students I needed to ask them to pay attention to the words in the questions because the questions had key words that could clue the into what to look for in the text. I intentionally developed the questions to include key words to help out with finding text evidence. I believe that helped because many were able to find the evidence after I asked them to look for particular words. This is one strategy you might try if you are also just starting to teach students to answer text dependent questions with evidence from the text.

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Tell a Story Day 3 of 3

Unit 19: Relationships
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT recount a literary text using key details about the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Big Idea: David dislikes lizards, yet Slim has gotten away and it's up to David to save him! What will he do? Come and find out.

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