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COMPREHENSION

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Connections
 
Determining Importance
 
Fix-up Strategies
 
Inferring
 
Mosaic Posters
 
Owl
 
Questioning
 
Schema
 
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Strategy Instruction
 
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Text to Self
 
Text to Text
 
Text to World
 
Think Alouds
 
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I decided to use Kevin Henkes books to introduce text-to-self since most kids can relate to his characters. The books I used were:

Owen
Sheila Rae, the Brave
Chrysanthemum
Julius, Baby of the World
Jessica

The students began making t-s (text to self) connections,  and then as we read more books by Kevin Henkes, they branched out to t-t (text to text) and t-w. I modeled these connections first by bringing an excerpt of a  book I'm reading in to school and copying parts that would show my connections to the text. I put these on overhead transparencies. They enjoyed "reading" my  book with me. I also modeled how to infer information from the text. This showed them that even adults make connections to text when they are reading. I modeled how to write their connections on post-it notes and how to code them, i.e. t-t,  t-s, t-w. After reading each book, we recorded their responses on a big chart. Now, to my amazement, the kids ask to bring post-it notes to the floor when I'm  reading a story so they can write their connections and questions to share. I  collect these and write them on a big chart to share the next day. The questions, which I will discuss in the next paragraph, are also written down, and used the next day to discuss the story. When they are reading silently, they raise their hands to share the connections they've made or ask to write them on  post-it notes.

To teach questioning, which I think has been an excellent  tool for comprehending text and opening up discussion, I have done the following. I used the book,
The Day of Ahmed's Secret. I  read it first to myself and wrote a couple questions that I had on sticky notes, which I stuck on backwards so they couldn't see them.

Christopher-
Gordon Publishers

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