Monday, February 15, 2010

Topic: Literature Discussions

10-second review: Students write two interpretive questions about the assigned reading the previous night. Teacher demonstrates what interpretive questions consist of (no “yes” or “no” answers) and gives some examples: “Why do you think…felt let down by his family?” “What clues did the author give to how the family would react?” Questions are cut into strips and thrown into a hat. Teacher selects first question, reads it aloud and the students discuss. And so on.

Title: “Mystery Hat.” L Mitchell. Classroom Notes Plus (October 2009), 7. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Comment: Another approach would be for students to submit questions about what they don’t understand in the story. RayS.

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