CES Weekly Buzz December 14, 2015
---------------From the Desk of Mrs. Proskey----------------
- Jeans the rest of the week and on the First day back to school in January!! Merry Christmas!!!
- "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear" ~ Buddy the Elf
The sixth graders made snowmen with the kindergarten students.
This Week's Sporting Events
- 4:30 6th B BBall @ Home Vs. Walkerton
- 5:00 7th B BBall @ Winamac
- 5:00 8th B BBall @ Home vs. Winamac
- 6:00 JV- B BBall @ Home vs. Winamac
- 7:30 V- B BBall @ Home vs. Winamac
- 6:30 V- Wrestling @ Culver Military Academy
- 5:30 6th B BBall @ Home vs. OD
- No Games
- No Games
- 8:45am V- Wrestling @ Westview
Mrs. Ahlenius' class taking a break from Acuity testing to make gingerbread houses.
Text Dependent Questions
Text Dependent Questions
Text-dependent questions can only be answered by referring back to the text being read. The ELA Indiana Academic Standards (2014) require students to read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.
Text Dependent Questions…
• Can only be answered with evidence from the text.
• Can be literal (checking for understanding) but must also involve analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
• Focus on the word, sentence, and paragraph, as well as larger ideas, themes, or events.
• Focus on difficult portions of text in order to enhance reading proficiency.
• Can also include prompts for writing and discussion questions.
FICTION – CHARACTER ANALYSIS
• What do you know about (character)? What words does the author use to show you?
• What are (character’s) strengths? Weaknesses? What words and phrases does the author use for each?
• How does the main character treat other characters? What evidence does the author include?
• How does the main character change throughout the story? What evidence does the author include?
• How does the author show each character’s feelings?
FICTION ELEMENTS AND STRUCTURES
• How does the author help you learn about the setting (time, place, season)? What do you learn from the text? From the illustrations?
• How does the character react to the setting? How do you know?
• How does the setting change through the story? How do you know?
• How does the dialogue help you understand the interaction between characters?
• An author usually does some research to help him/her write the text. What evidence of research do you find in this text?
• Can you tell if the story describes a particular culture? How do you know? Would the story be different if set in a different culture/setting?
• How does the sequence of events develop the story? Describe the major events of ___, in order.
AUTHOR’S WORD CHOICE
• What words or phrases grab your attention?
• What words or phrases tug at your heart?
• What beautiful language does the author use?
• What words (color, size, shape, material, proper names) help the author be specific?
• What strong verbs do you notice? How do they help you visualize the author’s meaning?
• How do the author’s words help develop sensory images?
• How does the author use transition words (such as first, last, suddenly, later) to help you transition from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, and section to section?
• What comparisons (simile, metaphor, personification) do you notice in the text? How do they help you understand the text?
• What onomatopoeia, interjections, and alliteration does the author use? How does it support you as a reader?
GENERAL QUESTION PROMPTS
• How do you know?
• Explain your thinking. What is the evidence?
• What is the author’s purpose? How do you know?
• What is the author’s point of view? How do you know?
• The phrase ___ means ___.
• I think the author means ___ when he/she says ___.
• ___ is an example of ___.
• What does the author want us to know about ___?
• What is the author’s message to his/her readers?
• What ideas in the text support/validate ___?
• What do you learn from the illustrations?
• What do we know from the title and cover?
• What context clues tell you what (word) means?
• What do you notice about the author’s use of punctuation?
• What does ___ mean? How do you know?
NONFICTION TEXT FEATURES
• What new information did you learn from the captions?
• Why did the author use (specific text feature) on this page?
• How does the author use ___ (table of contents, index, glossary, labeled diagram, heading, bold/underlined/ italicized words) to help you gain information?
• What text structure(s) does this author use (question/ answer, problem/solution, description, cause/effect, sequence, compare/contrast)? Why was this a good choice?
• What did you learn after reading this ___ (sentence, paragraph, passage, page)?
• What is the most important point in this ___ (paragraph, passage, page, piece)? How do you know?
• What supporting details does the author include to help you learn about ___?
• What does the author think about ___?