All year my students have been completing "think and respond" questions at the end of their weekly stories. A while back, I started to notice in our reading group discussions that the students were learning how to answer questions, but were not always thinking beyond the questions. I designed a worksheet for the students to complete individually, that forced them to think about their stories from a different angle. We then used these questions for our reading group discussions. For the first couple of weeks, the questions were very simple and did not require much thought. When we had our final discussions of the year, I was so pleased with the higher level thinking questions my first graders came up with for the group! Their comprehension of the events and understanding of the author's intent has come so far since September. My goal is to come up with more activities that encourage this kind of thought for next year, and engage the children in a way that makes them feel confident and proud.
You can download the worksheet here:
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