Where does student understanding break down?

I really like Gallagher’s idea of first and second draft reading.  I actually use those terms when discussing the process of reading and designing reading assignments.

Gallagher offers several activities to deepen students’ understanding of complex texts and I chose this activity for the following reason.  Last week, as an exit ticket,  I had asked the class to answer the following question: “What did you struggle with today”?  Only 3 students were able to accurately pinpoint where their understanding broke down.  I decided this aspect of meta cognition is worth practicing,  and it also dovetails with revising how to generate dense questions.

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Gallagher suggests the students use a bookmark to mark their confusions.  I handed out colorful paint chips (which I use for working with words).

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Some students wrote down words that prevented them form making sense of the text.

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However, many of the students generated insightful questions about the themes, symbols and characters in LOTF.  I was impressed.

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