Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Introducing the Characters and Events - Section 3: Guided Practice


I've taught this lesson for several years, however in light of the new common core standards the importance of questioning can not be downplayed.  Asking questions has always been an important part of teaching students.  However not all questions deepen student understanding and engagement.  When I consider the questions I ask my students, not only am I thinking about the answers, but I am considering: 

  • Does the student have to read or listen to the text to be able to answer the question
  • Do the questions include opportunity to practice thinking, speaking, and listening
  • Are the answers 'yes' or 'no' (if they are, then don't ask them)

These considerations help students focus on what they are reading, or listening to, and get them thinking about their answers. 

In this case I chose the above questions because my students had to listen to the text to answer them.  In order to answer them my students had to think about their answer and share his/her answer with his/her partner.  This set of questions set the stage for the remainder of the week where my students focused on the characters, setting, and events of the story and how all related.


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Introducing the Characters and Events

Unit 1: Events and Characters
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT describe the major events in the story and how the main character responds to those events.

Big Idea: I did that first, now I am going to do this! Students will be introduced to character reactions to the events in the story, and how they are related.

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