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Teaching Question-Answer Relationships with Miss Rumphius

Mentor Texts help us model skills. This mentor text lesson will help your students w.ith questioning skills using QAR.

Teaching students to think at a high level is the key to deep understandings. We want our students thinking, discussing, applying, connecting, and questioning with their reading experiences, and the best way for them to learn to do this is through a mentor text lesson where we as teachers model how it is done.

Question-Answer Relationship or QAR was developed by Tanny McGregor, and we use this analysis approach to help students connect the question type to the text evidence needed to accurately answer. This strategy is especially helpful with assessments, but what about in discussion? As we deepen understandings, we want our students justifying their thoughts with evidence. In discussions, we want kids matching what's asked to the relevant information needed to respond.

Story Retellings with Goldilocks

Listening to a child's story retelling is very telling, isn't it? Have you ever listened to one where the child jumps from the beginning to end and back to the middle only to realize he/she forgot an event? Confusing right? Teaching children how stories are structured is very very important. Kids need to know what to expect from the books they read so that they know where to place their attention.

5 Ways to Keep Focus through Spring Fever

Spring fever is here, and it's taking hold of your students (and you). How do you deal with it? Your kids (at school and likely your own) are so busy with spring sports and activities. These things can drain all of us. Well, I hope I'll have a few ideas that connect with you and help keep you motivated which will help motivate your kids. 

Engaging Students with Thoughtfully Planned Mentor Text Lessons

Whether you're teaching your students to visualize, to draw conclusions about characters, or to create a mystery that blows the reader's mind, mentor texts can provide the teacher with exemplar books or mentors that students can use for learning. Mentor texts are not your read alouds from the past. Rather, they are carefully chosen for the way they can be used for modeling. Today, I'd like to talk about how to select and use mentor texts for teaching.

The Reading-Writing Connection Made Easy

Spring is here, and this post includes lesson ideas following the format shared in the best selling book, Writers are Readers by Lester Laminack. Includes freebie. Best for grades 2-4

Have you heard of the book, Writers Are Readers by Lester Laminack? If you haven't, it is one to put on your to-read list. It is all about the reading-writing connection, and the great thing about it is that each chapter explains how to model a reading skill with a mentor text and flip the learning to writing with the same text. It is a great way to help students recognize how text structures, signal words, and story events are used to understand texts, but also how students can use these structures to help the readers of their own writing.


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