This is the anchor chart that inspired me! I found it on Pinterest...of course! I <3 Pinterest. Seriously, how did I teach prior to this amazing sight? I found it on http://theinspiredapple.blogspot.com/. Fabulous blog, you should all check it out!
Each of the questions are tied to a Common Core standard. The problem for me was that these were first grade standards and I teach second grade. After checking out the second grade Common Core standards, I found lots of questions that students should be asking...for fiction and non-fiction. So I started by making an anchor chart titled, Questions We Should Ask When Reading Fiction. It is my intent to make one for non-fiction as well.
I also only wanted to introduce the first two questions. I wanted to create the anchor chart with my students, model what this looked and sounded like before adding the next question to the chart. I believe that if students are apart of the making of the chart, then they will be more likely to reference the chart later on. However, I do NOT want to create this again next year, so I will be laminating this cart after this year. Next year though, I will cover up all the questions and reveal them as we learn them.
Here is what I did for the my lessons for the first two days of introducing this strategy. I did each lesson prior to my first rotation of Daily 5.
Day One: RL.2.1
I explained to my students that good readers ask themselves who, when, when, where, why, and how WHILE they are reading.
I read the book, The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting
I would read a few pages, stop and do a think aloud, modeling how I ask myself a who, what, when, where, why, or how question. Then I would answer what I was thinking. I would continue reading then I would pause and have students share with a thinking buddy a who, what, when, where, why, or how question. The other partner would try and answer it.
Day Two: RL.2.6
I explained to my students that good readers pay close attention to who is telling the story.
I read the book, Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
I read the first two pages, but paused before reading...being Lindy's doll baby was a right important job. I asked students to turn to their thinking buddy and share who they thought was telling the story and how they knew. After sharing with their buddy, I ask students to share with me their thoughts. Then I read the sentence...being Lindy's doll baby was a right important job. I asked students if their predictions were right.
I continued the book the same way as I had on with Wednesday Surprise, modeling who, what, when, where, why, and how questions and having students do the same with their thinking buddies.
This book was longer, so I stopped after reading the page where Lindy and Miz Rachel were getting up in the middle of the night. I told students I was going to level them in suspense.
I will continue to post the lessons that I teach to go with each question on my chart and the finished anchor chart. I promise in the posts to come I will touch on how this fits into CAFE, even sharing my literacy schedule to help it all make sense. :)
Please feel free to let me know what you think!