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I developed and delivered this presentation for South Mebane Elementary School in Alamance County. The focus was higher order thinking and critical thinking skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Language, Comprehension and Vocabulary standards were highlighted from the Common Core with a special emphasis on the 3 shifts of the Common Core for ELA.

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    1. Beyond question stems: Best Practices for Critical Thinking in the 21st Century Classroom South Mebane Elementary September 19, 2012 by Jennifer Jones by Jennifer Jones helloliteracy.blogspot.com helloliteracy.blogspot.com helloliteracy@gmail.com helloliteracy@gmail.com

    2. Virtual Annotation (aka Parking Lot) www.todaysmeet.com/smeseptember19

    3. Setting The stage for thinking deeply & critically flickr by roujo

    4. The Guided Reading Table

    5. Strategy #2 Describe Guided Reading as a Session Rather than a Lesson • Teacher support enables students to problem-solve, connect and discover • Session is conversational in format • (K-2)Students read a lot (2-5) Students talk a lot

    6. Strategy #15 Engage All Students, Regardless of Instructional Reading Level, in Thinking Deeply About Story •Beyond a series of questions •Beyond “Today I want you to make a prediction.” •Beyond story retelling •Beyond details of the reading process but active in all of it •Meaning at the text level

    7. The Language of Teaching Comprehension Instruction Deeply Little Questions What houses did each pig build? Big Questions How are the pigs’ houses different? Why did the writer have the third pig build the brick house instead of the second pig? Why did the wolf say the same thing at each house? What did the wolf say before he blew down the houses? What happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story? What did the pigs learn from their experience?

    8. A Where is Your Level of Thinking? Are Your Kids There?

    9. Lower vs. Higher Level Thinking the answer is already known

    10. Critical Thinking Rubric

    11. ….

    12. First We must be Critical Thinkers… Form an opinion and justify it! Image: http://www.1vigor.com/brain-power/Clear-Thinking/index.html

    13. Justifying my answers Build Community

    14. Justifying Scientific Claims Build trust

    15. Science Notebooks… …increase CRITICAL THINKING because students reflect on their learning and their thinking.

    16. Justifying in math www.k-5mathteachingresources.com

    17. 4th Grade Sample Items National Assessments http://www.k12.wa.us/SMARTER/Resources.aspx

    18. Daily Analogies Analogy Poster “Mrs. Jones, this is hard!” “Mrs. Jones, this is hard!” “I don’t know.” “I don’t know.”

    19. Schoolwide Vocabulary instruction Tier 2 & Tier 3 Words

    20. Urgency with Word Learning

    21. Creating a Sense of Urgency & the Relationship between Words & Learning

    22. Making Inferences with… Picture of the Day

    23. You Tube *** * IS** Informational Text

    24. Problem-Solvers in a Student Centered Classroom Problem Solving Framework

    25. …before We can be Critical Readers. First We must be Critical Thinkers… You don’t have to believe You don’t have to believe everything you read in a book, you everything you read in a book, you have the right to question it and have the right to question it and judge for the reasons for yourself. judge for the reasons for yourself. Image: 10englishcm.wikispaces.com

    26. Literary Text Or Informational Text So What?

    27. Critical Reading… …is a way of looking at a book and analyzing what the author is saying and the methods the author [and illustrator] are using to communicate a message or idea. Your analysis is complete when you have formed your own interpretations of the author’s intentions.

    28. Accountable Talk So What? Images: www.julieballew.com

    29. Critical Read-Aloud Think-Aloud

    30. Character Analysis With Evidence Images: www.julieballew.com

    31. EvaluatingAuthor’s Reasons & Word Choice Text Level 3/4 Text Level 4th/5th