“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. 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 them 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 when they write.
What about students asking questions in class? 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, do they make it known?
A good remedy for this is to use a poster titled, “Comments, Questions, and Concerns” or CQC’s. During class, or as an exit slip, students can share their comments, questions, and/or concerns on a sticky note without feeling intimidated. Teachers can collect the similar comments, questions, and concerns and respond accordingly.
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