Happy Monday! Today was my first day back to school. The kids come back Wednesday so today was all about PD. I wanted to write a quick blog post to expand on my previous posts about teaching the kids to "work" the text.
The first strategies that I introduced to my students this year was how to mark their thinking use think marks. We started out really simple with just the Predictions (P), Connections (C), Inferences (I), and Questions (Q). I had this chart ready before the lesson (without the Summary-that was added later). We talked about each type of "thinking" and looked at the sentence stems. (I absolutely hate that I capitalized the because on Predictions). I told them the whole spill about how good readers think while they are reading and we were going to practice that today using these stems and marking our thinking on a post-it note on the correct code.
This book is not really grade level, but I teach inner city and the students could really connect to it. Even I could really connect to it! As I was reading, we would stop and make predictions, connections, inferences, and ask questions. I would have each student use a complete sentence and if they struggled with this, they used the sentence stem. As the students shared their thoughts, they would come up and code their thinking by putting a tally mark on the correct post it. Sometimes, I would just ask for thoughts on a particular page, and the students would then help me code the thought correctly.
We did this same activity several times that week as a whole group. While the students were independently reading, they had to mark their thinking. After reading time, we shared several different types of thoughts. The students simply wrote the letters on their paper and used tally marks. Here is an example:
Then, I used nonfiction books to introduce the strategy of summarizing using the same procedure as above. The students were required to summarize each page in their head after reading it. If they were reading a nonfiction book with a lot of fact-filled text and information, they had to summarize each section.
We have been doing this all year long! My students now call this strategy, "Marking our PCIQSs." It is routine and automatic to them! I simply have the student use a piece of paper or any other handout they may be working on. However, I made a quick handout if you would like to try it out and want a specific handout to use! Just click on the image to go to google docs.