My blog posts for the month of July will be related to the Cyber PD (online book study) of Vicki Vinton’s Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading.
This week we are reading Chapters 7 and 8 of Vicki’s amazing book. Here are a few of my takeaways.
Chapter 7: Creating Opportunities for Readers to Interpret
- Readers interpret text as a transaction-readers often have very different interpretations.
- Readers develop coherent interpretations by looking for patterns and clues that help us understand what the author is trying to tell us.
- “The Middle” of narratives requires different thinking than the beginning.
- “The End” of narratives can help us see what the writer is trying to show us.
- Returning to the beginnings to spot overlooked clues and notice details can help readers to learn to think more deeply and notice more purposefully how authors craft texts.
- Once you see the whole it is easier to analyze the pieces and see what is missing.
- Ask WHY questions. Why is the writer telling me this?
Chapter 8: Creating Opportunities for Readers to Consider the Implications of Facts
- Nonfiction is more varied than fiction: lots of subgenres with different structures and purposes.
- Readers need to be made aware of how does this text work?
- Fiction unfolds, nonfiction is compartmentalized.
- “Aboutitis” is the endless learning about something without developing an empowering and enlightening body of understanding.
- T-Charts to track students thinking can be a helpful way to analyze nonfiction. (What We Are Confused About/What We Understand)
- You don’t need to pre-teach all vocabulary or activate all prior knowledge. Give readers opportunities to grapple with uncertainty and learn to think deeply.
- Help readers pay attention to when they are confused-this is where greater learning can happen.
As I have been all summer, I am sketchnoting my thinking as I read to help me visualize and process information. Here are the sketchnotes from this week’s reading:
I played around using color this week. It’s a work in progress…as always!