Tag Archives: Questioning

For my AP Language and Composition Friends: SOAPSTONE Organizer

I’m spending this week trying to learn more about AP tests (at a conference organized by KIPP, thanks!), and in the AP Language and Composition section, we had a fascinating discussion about the use of SOAPSTONE, an acronym for a type … Continue reading

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The Most Important Common Core Reading Standard

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on Oct. 6, 2015.] I know we’re probably not supposed to have favorites when it comes to the Common Core Standards, but I do. I fell in love with … Continue reading

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12 Ways to Get Students Speaking & Listening: Part 2 of a two-part “Speaking and Listening” Series

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on August 30, 2015, and it is based on an excerpt from The Literacy Cookbook (Jossey-Bass, 2012).] In Part I, we looked at why oral fluency is so important. … Continue reading

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Literary Analysis Task: How to Infer Themes from a Text (CCS #2)

While working with teachers on how to prepare students for the PARCC Literary Analysis Writing Task (see my previous blog here), we realized that students were struggling with Common Core Reading Anchor Standard #2: “Determine central ideas or themes of … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: Literary Analysis Writing Task

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb, on Dec. 16, 2014:] As we all strive to help our students meet and exceed the Common Core Standards, one reality we also have to prepare them for is … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: How and Why to Analyze Reading Questions

Tests are a genre. We don’t have to do test prep 24/7, but we do need to ensure that our students are familiar with that genre. One way to do this with PARCC reading comprehension questions is to analyze the … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: How to Unpack Literary Analysis and Research Writing Prompts

When it comes to test preparation, it’s a good idea to teach students to PARAPHRASE the directions. However, in the case of PARCC Literary Analysis and Research writing prompts, it will help even more to teach them to turn the … Continue reading

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THE #1 CLOSE READING SKILL

[This post is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Literacy and the Common Core: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, 2014).  It appeared in slightly different form as a MiddleWeb Guest Article on Nov. 20, 1013.] I’ve been reading a lot about … Continue reading

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APPROACHES TO THE COMMON CORE: How to Teach RIT Standard #1 in Elementary School

Recently I met with some elementary teachers—in this case, 3rd-grade teachers—who discovered that their students could not meet Reading Information Text (RIT) Standard #1: “Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as … Continue reading

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APPROACHES TO THE COMMON CORE: Quadrant Analysis as a Way to Boost Comprehension

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  They should also add, “And it’s a great way for students to practice comprehension skills, build background knowledge, and become inspired through inquiry.”  If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward, fun … Continue reading

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