Emphasize the 3 purposes of text features

Emphasize the 3 purposes of text features

Strengthen text citations in 3 steps Although the comprehension standards state that text features are to be introduced in grades K-3—all grade levels are to teach students how to apply them. This is where the power of text features sometimes gets lost. Students need...
Strengthen text citations in 3 steps

Strengthen text citations in 3 steps

Strengthen text citations in 3 steps Students know that they must include text evidence to support their inferences, and many are familiar with common sentence starters like, “According to the passage…” or “The author states…” And yet many still struggle to write....
Identify 4 reasons to take notes

Identify 4 reasons to take notes

Identify 4 reasons to take notes Subject-area notebooks can serve as a great incubator for a student’s thinking. But if students tackle note-taking without any overriding purpose, the notebook can become a hodgepodge of words copied from the board instead of a tool to...
Ask two types of after-reading questions

Ask two types of after-reading questions

Ask two types of after-reading questions There are two broad categories of after-reading questions that primary teachers should be asking regarding comprehension. Questions that ask about the details stated in the text.Questions that go beyond the details stated in...
Improve prompt responses with the Yes, MA’AM acronym

Improve prompt responses with the Yes, MA’AM acronym

Improve prompt responses with the Yes, MA’AM acronym Standardized tests require that students read multiple texts and then respond in writing. In order to pull this off, they have to know what to write and how to get started. To help with this challenge, kids need a...