Reflection: Cycles of Inquiry What? Getting Students to "Feel" a Story - Section 4: Closing the Loop


In that this story is a part of history lessons and in many classroom libraries, I ran into a little snag when I first introduced it. Students almost immediately stated - I know this story, I remember...., Its about segregation...etc. My first instinct was to be disappointed I couldn't get more predictions from them, but then I wondered what they really remembered. My realization was that they had a sense of what happened but when questioned this actually helped to push the predictions and clue search to a higher level - instead of noticing that her skin was a different color, they noticed that she was wearing a new dress, and was poor, added their connection that you dress up on the first day of school and inferred not only that her parents wanted her to look good but also that it probably was her only nice dress. Whew! and Yeah! My advice if this happens to you - Just keep questioning deeper to pull out the good stuff.   

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  Cycles of Inquiry: Student prior knowledge
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What? Getting Students to "Feel" a Story

Unit 1: Literary Analysis: Reading for Meaning, Evidence, and Purpose
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT...students will be able to make predictions about "The Story of Ruby Bridges" using details on the front and back cover of the book

Big Idea: By creating feelings and connections with characters in a text, readers become more involved in story events

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