I use this paper when I introduce literature circles to my upper elementary students. I teach my students that they need to write “fat” questions instead of “skinny” questions. (These terms mean the same as “thick” and “thin”, but many of my ESL students struggled with that terminology. Once I switched to “fat” and “skinny”, they never got the words confused again!)
One text box introduces SKINNY questions, and the other text box introduces FAT questions. The 2-sided worksheet contains 24 questions for students to read and determine whether they are fat or skinny questions. The 2 page answer key is included along with a note for the teacher.
This is a great resources for students to keep in their folder as they complete a literature circle unit. (My students are required to write two “fat” questions each day to bring to the following day’s literature circle meeting. Then, during the literature circle discussion, each member asks their classmates to respond to their questions. These “fat” questions can spark interesting discussions!)
I’ve implemented literature circles in several different ways over the years. I survived through several frustrating experiences before I developed this packet. I have found that it works perfectly for my students AND me! If you are looking for a new, less frustrating way to implement literature circles, you might want to give this packet a try.
By Deb Hanson 2014
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