Reflection: Checks for Understanding Frog and Toad Are Friends - A Swim - Section 2: Reading Of the Story and Student Writing


      Another big shift in the Common Core standards for teachers, is to start asking text dependent questions.  Years ago at the height of the "whole language" era, it was popular for teachers to ask students questions about they felt (meaning how the students felt) about the text.  Questioning strategies are changing with the implementation of Common Core.  I am now finding myself asking questions where the students will have to dive right back into the text in order to answer my questions.  It didn't feel natural for me to do this in the beginning of the year.  There were many times when I would have to preview the story, putting sticky notes on the pages where I would strategically stop and ask those text dependent questions.  This is O.K. As time went by, I felt more natural asking these types of questions and I didn't have to rely on my sticky notes anymore. I also know that my students have a deeper understanding of the story based upon the types of questions I am asking.

  Learning to Ask Text Dependent Questions
  Checks for Understanding: Learning to Ask Text Dependent Questions
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Frog and Toad Are Friends - A Swim

Unit 3: Frog and Toad Are Friends
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT describe character traits using evidence, chart major events in the story using key details, and use their information to answer comprehension questions.

Big Idea: We are moving into Chapter 4. Let's talk about our characters and analyze our plot. Maybe we'll even throw in some inferring skills for good measure.

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