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"I feel sometimes that I'm asking more questions than I should; that they should be the ones that are asking. So I just monitor myself like today I had the students come up with their own questions."
Ana Hernandez, Teacher
Howard A. Doolin Middle School
Ms. Hernandez motivates students to get involved with the texts they read by selecting engaging young adult literature that features adolescents struggling with real problems. Ms. Hernandez believes that students become highly engaged in their reading experiences and gain greater literacy when they see themselves and real life conflicts in the literature they read.
this lesson, students in Ms. Hernandez's class are reading
the young adult novel Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper.
These students have been identified as Gifted and Talented
within their school. Students read aloud short passages and
discuss the text with teacher facilitation. As they read,
students pose and respond to questions about the text. Students
are encouraged to express their own interpretations and unique
perspectives about the passages. Ms. Hernandez pushes the
class discussion along by returning students' comments with
additional questions, constantly asking students to consider
how characters behave in the story, what the students would
do in the characters' situations, and what lessons about life
they can take from the text.
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Students are assessed through participation in class discussion, written questions and answers, and culminating projects and assignments.
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