Bridge to Terabithia . Our discussions, though very lively and thought provoking, have been lacking the "back up" of the book. The students seem to know what they want to say, and are sticking with the plot of the book, but actually going back into the book and finding where they came up with the answer is a bit tricky.
So this past week we did something that really got the kids digging into the book and looking at their evidence. I think it was pretty successful, so I thought I would share with you.
I gave the students four questions to answer about the chapter (if you
are reading Bridge, it was questions dealing with chapter 7) Then, in
groups, I asked them to answer the questions, citing at least three
different references from the book. I actually did ask them to quote
the story and this is what I got.
You can see, some really understood the direct quote while others....not so much. And even though some groups really didn't find direct quotes, they were actually looking throughout the book to find where they knew the answer from. Because of this, answering (and subsequently proving the answers) too a LONG time.
They then made this chart categorizing the evidence. They had to decide
if it was a direct quote, a paraphrase, or just something that came
from someone's head (and inference or recall.) The students really
enjoyed doing this. Looking back in the book to decide what type of
evidence it was really got them discussing and thinking. They were
talking about which was better and why! I overheard a lot of discussion
about how some of the evidence really didn't support the answer and how
others did. They were dissecting it and really getting the meat of the
story. Whatsmore, when we were all done during our class discussion they could really see that the type of evidence that was easier to get really depended upon the question being asked as well! It was fabulous.