WELCOME back for Chapter 3 of Text Dependent Questions!
How does the text work?
Chapter 3 tells us that when students pay attention to how the text works, it helps them to to build the bridge between what the text says (literal meaning) and what the text means (deeper meaning). The authors concentrate on 3 main types of questions when learning about how the text works… vocabulary, structure, and craft.
The authors tell us that close reading of complex text can lead students to learn new vocabulary. Through reading, students can learn about 2,250 words a year. However, students only learn between 300 to 500 words through systemic instruction. So bring on the good books!!!
The authors suggest carefully crafted questions to help students develop habits that will help them figure out the meanings of unknown words.
The authors remind us that as texts become more complex, so do the text structures.
- Narrative (characters, plot, setting, problems, actions, resolutions)
- Expository (compare/contrast, problem/solution, cause/effect, chronological/sequence/temporal, descriptive)
I loved looking at the chart on p. 84! What a fantastic reference for the different types of craft examples!
Videos in ACTION!
After watching the videos and observing the students’ discussions. What are some of your take-aways?
I loved hearing the LAYERS of questions that were being asked. In my opinion, these videos are golden!
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