Strategy of the Month

Talking About Text (Avoiding "Fuzzy Thinking")

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What is it?

These strategies focus on improving students' abilities to respond orally to literature. According to Brooke McCaffrey, in the article below, "fuzzy thinking" is unclear to the listener or may not follow a logical sequence.

Please take a minute to read the article.


There are plenty of graphic representations to teach the elements of a retell, from Retell Ropes and 5 Finger Retells to SWBST.

Suggestions from the article:

-Have anchor charts available for student reference

-Try modeling retelling using fables (model referencing the anchor chart)

-Give students plenty of time to practice


Practice Visible Thinking (What makes you think that? Why do you say that?):

Teach students how to discuss:

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