We don’t get a lot of time together on Day 3- music, french, and gym- but we did introduce a new reading signpost called, Contrast and Contradiction. Basically, when a character does something ‘out of character’, an action that contradicts their earlier actions, the author is signalling to readers, “Pay attention, this part is important!”
Again, we used a shorter text to highlight the strategy and make it easier to see how the signpost helps reader determine the bigger message. After some modelling, and reviewing the features of an effective answer, students were asked to do a written response.
In the following text, Rafael, who normally likes to follow instructions precisely, decides to join his friend Maya and her out of the box thinking.
Homework Question: We glued a math question into our agendas today which is due on Friday. If they were listening to instructions, students realized the fraction question could be answered in different ways. They were reminded that we know of 3 fraction models: fraction of an area, fraction of a set, and fraction of a length. They should choose the one that makes the most sense to them. And if they find they don’t understand how to answer the question, or forget, or ahem, were not listening, they are invited to show responsibility and ask for clarification (before Thursday at 3:20!!:)