This is designed to teach what I feel is a very important skill needed in other subjects as well. My students were always stuck when they were given a "comment on the text" question and went off into areas that would be considered irrelevant. We work with the prompt sheet out for a term - and then move to seeing if they can remember the 10 headings. (Reminder for how many points - look at your hands - 10 fingers = ten areas you need to comment on.) We practise all these memory things coming into or going out of the classroom - you have to name a point to get - in or out!
This is far more useful as a grid - and I get these printed off when we move away from having the full sheet with details next to your work. I start with very short passages a paragraph long and it is another 5 minute exercise. Sometimes I read the paragraph out loud - sometimes they have to read it in pairs - or silently. I am looking for lots of bullet points. I vary the final response - sometimes 5 groups will write a paragraph each to make a whole "essay in one go" - sometimes we will take longer and each person produces their own work. Again I am always after a 5 sentence paragraph - PEEQY - point - example - explain - quote - your view - all sentences starting with a different word too. Just gradually increase the length of the extract - and match it initially to a reading age that every individual will be able to cope with.
Posted on 20th July 2013
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