Writing After a Close Reading
Provide simulated research tasks
Build text sets
Collect info from multiple sources
The Blind Men & the Elephant
Juggle multiple texts
Synthesize— Don’t summarize
Pass the Synthesis Test
Small-Group Activity on Christopher Columbus
Infer multiple reasons or main ideas
Teach students how to collect, cut, group, and rank details. Download a list of statements for/pro and against/con genetic engineering.
Observe a 30-minute lesson and activity executed in a Concord Junior High science class.
Pre-write according to the genre
Sort information per viewpoint
Align with the strongest side
Collect details for all perspectives
Identify details, facts, pros/cons, strengths/weaknesses, etc. for all sides.
Choose a side in 4 steps
Move away from letting kids choose a side based on preference. Rather, teach them the four steps to identifying the strongest position.
Watch the kindergartners at Concord South Elementary discern between duck details and rabbit details based on Duck! Rabbit!
Write about reading in K-2
Write responses with evidence
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