I created a Thinking Stoplight to help students think beyond a literal level.
When you are having "Green" thoughts, you don;t have to slow down or stop and think. You can just keep reading. These kinds of thoughts don't require any thinking. These are the obvious things written right in the text.
"Yellow" thoughts refer to the supporting details we use to support our thinking. You need to slow down when thinking at this level.
"Red" thoughts represent our commentary on the text. We have to stop and interpret the text. It requires our own thinking. Inferences, big ideas, conclusions, and themes are all examples of "Red" thoughts.
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