In those conversations, we're emphasizing the importance of making within-text connections. We try to put ourselves in author RJ Palacio's shoes to think about why she might include certain details, we're working on noticing details that might be important (the more you read, the more experience you have with stories, and the better you become at figuring out what might be important!), and then we're using our KNOW/WONDER charts to develop "wonders" (text-based questions) based on those details.
Our KNOW/WONDER Charts are Growing
Our KNOW/WONDER charts are starting to have a lot of arrows between our columns. We're starting to naturally connect ideas within the text!
|Here's my messy, messy chart. You'll notice that we're also filling up our notebook word jars (/word pumpkins/word cans/word ghosts/word aquariums/etc). Thanks, Mrs. Caplin at Bailey for inspiring us!|
Today, we had a big "aha!" moment, which is reflected in many of our readers notebooks. We have decided that, if we're making text-based wonders and writing down text-based KNOWS, then we should see connections between our KNOW/WONDER columns.
Check out our "aha!" that started out as a new KNOW:
What's Important in a Text?
With our attention to details, we've discussed and tried to sort out which details are important details now and which details might be important later.
Here's one section of the text we really wondered about: