I am really wanting to push thinkmarks and reader’s response this year. Since the majority of my students are English Language Learners, I knew that that I needed a resource to help scaffold their responses to their reading. So, I created this collection of sentence stems to use for thinkmarks during the “Write about Reading” center and Guided Reading. I plan to introduce the sentence stems one at a time as a I teach or review a new comprehension strategy during the first few weeks of school. After all stems are introduced during the 1st 20 days of school, I can assign random thinkmarks using the sentence stems throughout the year. The great part about these foundation comprehension strategies is they work with just about any text. I also plan to use these during guided reading as we focus on different comprehensions strategies. Here are the strategies featured in this resource.
- Using Schema
- Making Inferences
- Making Connections
- Determining Importance
- Making Predictions
I will print these ink friendly posters on colored paper to use during guided reading time. These will hang nicely on the wall near my guided reading table or even on a ring to keep at the table.
In addition to hanging these around the room, I plan to print the posters two to a page (you could even do four to a page) for the students’ reader’s response notebooks. This way they don’t need to look at a poster hanging on the wall each time they need to refer to the sentence stems. They can simply look at their own personal charts. This will also help ensure they are referring to the sentence stems on a regular basis when they are writing and talking about their books.