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Friday, March 16, 2012

Unpacking Text


I have been working with my students to really digest and comprehend text that they read, especially, non-fiction informative text. As we continue to work on our current unit in technology I had the kids split into partner groups and work with highlighters to extract important information from texts.  I was impressed with what they thought was important and even more surprised by their ability to share out with the rest of the class when they were finished. 

I gave each one of the partners a different color highlighter so I could see who marked what passages. I then wondered around the room and listened carefully to their conversations. What I can tell you is this.  The moment my kids had those highlighters in their hands the name of the game changed. They suddenly had a different hat on. They were truly “unpacking” the text. I just wish I could have them highlight everything they read! 







I encourage you to try it. See if it turns your kiddos into critical readers as well.  

2 comments:

  1. Great activity! So important for them to learn to get to the meat of the information. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Thanks Lori! I agree it is super important. Especially when it comes time for those darn tests. =0)

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