Reading and Writing are reciprocal process .... The more your students write about their reading, the better they will understand what they have read. Fountas and Pinnell, two of my favorite literacy leaders, have taught us that “Reading is Thinking” and Dr. Marie Clay says “Reading is Meaning”. If we want our students to understand this, then we must teach them how to think about what they are reading. We can do this by teaching them how to record their thinking through writing.
This product is a collection of graphic organizers, thinking maps, flip flap foldables and response sheets that can be used with any text. They are appropriate for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and can be used with fiction and non-fiction texts. Many of them were created based on writing strategies mentioned in Jan Ricardson's book, The Next Step in Guided Reading.