Sunday, November 20, 2011

Last Week's Work Coming Home

Lots of work from last week will come home tomorrow (Monday). This will include the quiz on non fiction text types and the reading passages we've been working on.

One of the things the students are working at improving is reading different kinds of passages (both non-fiction and fiction) and answering specific questions from the text. We call these "right there" questions because the answers are "right there" in the passage. Learning how to do this is important, and also more challenging than you'd think. I gave them a lot of practice last week and they improved.

One of the other things they are working on is answering open-ended questions. I'm trying to get them to answer in detail--right now many are content with just basic answers. I'm really pushing them and grading their answers in a pretty strict way. We'll be practicing this a lot more throughout the year.

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