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HOW TO USE THE SIGNPOST RESPONSE CARDS:
I use these signpost response cards in my class for the following purposes:
1) teaching students to identify the signposts and the supporting evidence in the text,
2) increase participation in student responses when reading and discussing fictional literature
3) increase student comprehension of fictional text
4) use the information from student responses to identify specific students having trouble comprehending the text
5) to identify remediation needs
These signpost response cards have been classroom tested in two ways. First, students used the signpost response cards to identify signposts in short clips and videos. Secondly, they have used the response cards to identify signposts in short fictional stories. After teaching 2 signposts, we introduced the signpost response cards. Each signpost was taught individually, with video examples and then with short story selections. As we read and discussed each story together, I reread a paragraph which had an example of one of the previously taught signpost strategies and asked all students to hold up the signpost response card which they believed could be identified in the passage. This engaged the students in thinking more deeply about the text, increased student focus and attention to the text, and gave me immediate feedback about whether the class was understanding the signposts and the text read. Students were required to identify cues in the text to support their signpost choices. Once the class understood how to implement the signposts when reading short fictional stories, then students read a novel and followed the same procedure with the response cards. In presenting the signposts in this manner, students were continually required to find signposts in the text, support their answers using information from the text, and through repetition of applying the strategies in a variety of text, this increased their ability to comprehend different types of text.
SIGNPOST RESPONSE CARD PREPARATION:
Low-prep! Just print on card stock, cut using a paper cutter and you are ready to go. If you wish to reuse them for the following year, then laminate individually after cutting.
I'd love to hear how you are using them in your class! Your feedback is greatly appreciated!