Friday, October 9, 2015
leave 'em hanging
"...finally arrived at Grandmother's door."
and that's the end of
part 1. tonight, while you're waiting
to fall asleep, you
may find Little Red
lifting the latch of your dreams.
all the better to
HM 2015 (c)
The Diamond Miners are in the midst of comparing points of view in different versions of well-known folktales--you can guess which one we're exploring this week. We read slowly, we stop and start, stop and restart, check for comprehension ("BING!"), break the story into Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. I'm finding that at the accomplished age of seven, children are susceptible to relying on what they already know and are prone to "unhearing" new information. That's why Lon Po Po has been so gripping--familiar but different, and what's a gingko nut?
From an Education Week article on how we pose our questions to support deep interpretation: "teachers often read through a chapter or text selection completely before starting a discussion....As part of the training course, they are learning to plan stopping points where the text is ambiguous and launch questions that get students thinking about what is going on. "We want to teach kids to not just start at the beginning and read all the way through," Matsumura said. "A good reader is thinking about what they are reading as they are going through."" Well, duh.
But my goal is "never a duh moment." I can't assume that even the high flyers in my class are coordinating all the moving parts that deep comprehension depends upon. We teachers and writers do it easily, but precisely BECAUSE we are skilled and effective literacy practitioners, it can be hard for us to slow down enough to elucidate this "behind the scenes" thinking we are doing as we read.
So again, there is no way I can get through 6-8 texts in a week, and the ones we do spend precious time with better be really good. So thanks, Trina Schart Hyman, for Little Red Riding Hood, and thanks, Ed Young for Lon Po Po, and thanks Wilhelmina Harper for The Gunniwolf....you make us want to work hard to be deeper readers.
The roundup today is with Laura at her spiffy new-look blog at Writing the World for Kids--go lift the latch on her door and see what's hiding inside!