How do I do it?
When asking and answering questions about literature, language learners may need support to cite the specific evidence that supports conclusions or inferences. After reading a text the laminated frames can be used as a whole class model and a volunteer can fill in the blanks with dry erase marker or individual students can use the frames when working in a small group or in pairs. They are a good tool to scaffold speaking and writing in literature discussions. The larger text size can make it easier for language learners to utilize the tool.
Variations & Extensions
Students can create their own answer and question frames for one another. Students can record the questions and/or answers on another sheet of paper or strips of paper. The strips can be rearranged by students or teacher into an essay or paragraphs after a 3 - 10 answers have been collected. If sentence strips are used, then a pocket chart would be a great tool for rearranging them. Additional transitional sentences can be written to flesh out the arguments provided by the answers.
Common Core ELA Reading Standard 1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Reference for example in photo: Seidler, T. (1986). A Rat’s Tale. HarperCollins Publishers.
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