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One of the most important reading and writing skills: Showing Evidence

One of the most important reading and writing skills: Showing Evidence | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Common Core skill: Showing evidence from the text to support your answer

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Katie Halberg's curator insight, October 15, 2013 11:14 PM

I really enjoyed reading this, It states how with a little hard work and using are minds we can answer easy questions like "how did reading that book make you feel" the answer to that questions is not inside that book, you have to read the book to use your own feelings and thoughts to answer the question. it always shows how times have changed and auto books help the few people who wont really open a book to read it or may not know how to read very well but still want to know more about whats inside the book.

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One of the most important reading and writing skills students should practice is showing evidence from the text to support their answers. However, many of my students struggle with this. In the past, our students have been programmed to fill in a bubble answer on a standardized test that shows the evidence rather than try to find it themselves.

Show your students how to give evidence by demonstrating it (see visual aid, above).
My example question is from Divergent by Veronica Roth. It asks: “How does Beatrice’s mother feel about her? Give evidence from chapter one to support your answer.”

In the past, students may have just given me short answers like, "She cares about her daughter." By asking for evidence, students can't just give their opinion. We know their opinion is based on something, so they have to be further prompted to tell us what they based it on. Therefore, the student's answer should include not only their opinion, but one or two examples from the text that show this. Their answers should be paraphrased, but they still need to include the page number. 
This question-strategy helps those struggling readers find the right answers, as well. If a student wrote, "She's mean," he/she would have to back it up with an example from the chapter that shows Beatrice's mother is mean. When he/she can't find an example, he/she will have to re-think his/her original opinion. 
For students who are really struggling, I may prompt them orally with questions like, "Look at the non-verbal clues: what is Beatrice's mom doing to Beatrice in the first scene of the book? What does her mood seem to be? How do you know she feels this way? When a mother acts this way toward a child, what does it indicate about how she feels toward the child?" 


There are always a handful of students who complain that they can't find the answers in the book. If you have these same complainers, these are your students who are not reading the book. Because even students who have severe learning disabilities can answer the questions when they read it (or listen to the text).

So here's what I say to the complainers: "You aren't going to find a single sentence that gives you the answer to the question. And the answer isn't merely your opinion, either. The answer comes from that feeling you get about the character, or the theme, or whatever it is you're looking for. It's based on what you've inferred and gathered from descriptions and dialogue that can only come from reading it. Simply put, there is no short cut. The text must be read to answer the questions."

[Insert student groans.] After they channel their inner first-grader and throw another "I don't want to read" fit, they usually buck up and start reading.

Note: I do not mind allowing students to listen to audio of the text, especially if they follow along with their books. If this is the only way to get those reluctant readers to read, I say go for it. Today's teens are not like us. They learn much differently; we need to access and use every resource, device, and strategy to help them read on their own.

If you need handouts for instituting the Common Core standards into your curriculum, I have you covered! Check out all these great resources, ready to use with ANY text (fiction or non-fiction):
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6,7,8
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 9-10 (Also covers grades 6-8)
CCSS Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 11-12 (Also covers grades 6-10)

For non-fiction text and historical documents:
CCSS History & Social Studies Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6-12

For non-fiction and scientific texts:
CCSS Science & Technical Subjects Reading Graphic Organizers, Grades 6-12
FREE: CCSS Science & Technical Subjects Reading Graphic Organizers for RST.1, Grades 6-12

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DeVos Meets With Staff as GOP Proposes Terminating ED -- Campus Technology

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On the heels of Betsy DeVos' confirmation as the new head of the United States Department of Education, several Republican representatives have introduced a bill to eliminate the department altogether.
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A voice in learning standards

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According to the latest census information, 1.2 million school age children relocate interstate annually. There are reasonable concerns about accommodations for special needs students and age-appropriateness for our younger learners. Either this is a massive, multi-state conspiracy to sabotage the education of millions of students, or CCLS is, at its core, essentially on target and would benefit from a review by a panel of experts followed by a public comment period — which is precisely what New York is in the process of doing. [...] standards should be reviewed and modified every few years to avoid the massive shift that had built up, leading to the Common Core Learning Standards. Engaging a broad cross-section of experts (as Elia has done by including 130 experts) in the review of the standards, and inviting all residents of New York to comment on these proposed changes, is essential to the process.

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ReadWorks.org | Literary Passages with Text-Dependent Questions

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Improve your students’ reading comprehension with ReadWorks. Access thousands of high-quality, K-12, articles, lessons, and units for free.
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Navigating Text Complexity

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What really is complex text and how will it help prepare my students for college and career? How will understanding text complexity help me select rich, worthy texts for instruction in my own classroom? These have been our guiding questions in developing this text complexity resource for teachers.
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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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Literacy Leaders Can Be Found in All Subjects

Literacy Leaders Can Be Found in All Subjects | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
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Why Ability Grouping Doesn't Work

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With random talk partners as the classroom set-up, students are already involved in mixed-ability learning, which is important because we need to take account of the substantial research which shows that grouping students by ability makes them less successful.
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5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing

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Report: Revisions targeting Common Core wasteful

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ReadWorks.org | K-12th Grade Paired Texts

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You’ll love this research-based reading comprehension curriculum. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Trump Will Repeal Common Core, Says Kellyanne Conway (He Can't) | Oakland County ELA Common Core | Scoop.it
Trump's adviser made the claim on CNN, but states, not the federal government, adopt content standards like the common core. And current federal law prohibits the Trump administration from influencing states' decisions about standards.
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ReadWorks.org | Longer Passages to Build Stamina

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Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

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Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper."

 


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There are some great suggestions here to get students engaged in digital text. In fact, if teachers were given time to develop these, districts could save money on all that Common Core-aligned material they pilot and purchase!

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