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There are several ways to simplify
Old 10-27-2007, 06:49 AM
 
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doing a comprehension check. The kids can complete a "thinkmark." They choose a place in the chapter to share with the group. They mark it with a thinkmark bookmark, read the portion to the group and tell why they chose it. This takes modeling by you first (model marking a confusing spot, a funny part, the "heart" of the chapter, a place that's fun to read with expression, etc.). Another option is to have them fold a blank piece of paper in fourths and label the four parts with characters, setting, summary and words (a place to collect interesting or unfamiliar words from the text). You can change the four labels to fit your current focus (i.e. write a connection, question/wondering, important details). You can have the kids write 2 questions to ask the rest of the group (model the difference between right there questions and more thoughtful "thick" questions). The kids can come up with a new name for the chapter and tell why it makes sense to call the chapter by that title. There are many ways to hold the kids accountable and encourage thoughtful reading other than written comprehension questions. Good luck and have fun. Coming up with comprehension questions for every chapter gets old for you and the kids.
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