Tips for Use:
- Do your students run out of stamina when it comes to answering text questions?
- Do they frequently forget the criteria needed to answer a text question?
- Do they struggle to find good details to support their answer?
- Do they forget to look back at the text?
When I first taught this module, my answer to each question was YES! The following pages include a set list of criteria on one page, and on the next page are the same questions from the module with answers from a pretend student. The errors I made when answering the questions are errors I see ALL THE TIME on my students’ work! I started to give these to students to grade in groups, then pairs, and finally on their own. I would evaluate each set of questions myself and have an “answer key” at a localized spot in the classroom. After students would grade the sample work, they would check in to see how close their grade was to the actual one. While students are doing this you will see them begin to take accountability for their own learning of the criteria to answer text questions. By seeing other’s mistakes they were able to write more clearly when it came time for them to answer questions on their own. During group work you will soon hear your students saying, “He didn’t look back at the text for help with spelling!” Instead of, “When is lunch?” Happy reading and writing!
Nasreen’s Secret School
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Thank You Mr. Falker
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My Librarian is a Camel