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Text dependent questions are all the rave. Harking back to the days of Bloom’s Taxonomy, these ask the students to prove their understanding of a text in an increasingly rigorous manner.
We start with the general knowledge that asks for students to locate information directly from the page. It moves into vocabulary meaning and choice through text structure and on to inferences. Finally, they ask students to synthesize all of the information provided in the text and formulate an opinion about it and be able to support it.
Sounds like a lot of work for elementary students, doesn’t it? This packet uses some super fun non-scary stories to engage the reader. First capture them and then make them think, that’s my motto. There are five excellent mentor texts used in this packet that can be extended into several different lesson ideas.
The Widow’s Broom by Chris van Allsburg
My Brother Dan’s Delicious by Steven L. Layne
Ghost’s Hour, Spook’s Hour by Eve Bunting
I Need my Monster by Amanda Noll
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Each of the titles have four different levels of questions included. There are six questions on each level which makes it perfect to play a game where students roll a die (dice) to determine which question they can discuss in their group of with a partner. The format allows you to make your own foldable dice or just use a question sheet with a regular dice.
Either way students will enjoy discussing these topics and delving deeper into the realms of their minds as they explore text structure and author choices.
**Bonus: I’ve included a couple of formats for getting your students to discuss with each other and family members on a more formal level.
TDQ Reading Log (Homework sheet)