“Leave tracks on the text that shows you’ve been there.” is something we often tell our students when we encourage them to annotate the text as they read. We model how and explain why they should annotate or text-mark as they read. But, for some reason they don’t. Some students have stated they really don’t know how or why they should use this strategy.
By sharing text-code symbols and what they represent and how they’re used can give students a start until they create and use their own codes.
Another problem for some students, is understanding how to cite text evidence when they answer a written response question. They have difficulty getting started.
Using text-evidence sentence starters is a great scaffold until they learn to create and use their own.
By sharing a few text-based sentence starters, students feel a little more confident in what they need to write.
How often do your students open the floor with a question that relates to the content? Or, if students have a comment that’d like to make or a concern they’d like to voice about a topic, do they make it known? Do you think they feel invited to do so? If not, they should.
By sharing a poster titled, “Comments, Questions, and Concerns.” During class, or as an exit slip, students can share their comments, questions, and concerns on a sticky note without feeling intimidated. Teachers can collect the similar comments, questions, and concerns and respond accordingly.
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