Post for the week of May 16, 2013
This week, we'll explore #5 on the What's in/What's out document.
#5 is about text-dependent questions vs. text-to-self questioning. Common Core is all about students spending more time "in text."
In the past, assessments related only tangentially to text:
This story is about courage. Write an essay about courage in your life.
A student might be engaged by this question and even do a great job answering it, but he/she didn't need to read the text to write this essay. In an effort to attract students to reading, we've put the text in the back seat.
Courage is one possible topic of this story. What is the author saying about courage? In your response, cite at least two quotes from the story.
The Common Core calls for "text-dependent questions." This phrase means that the students need to reference the text to answer the questions. Reading the text is not optional.
Think of how much more closely students have to read to answer a text-dependent question. They'll need to annotate and re-read; both are important keys to the Common Core.
Here's one resource on writing text-dependent questions for your students.