One in a million. Yes, that’s how rare it is to have so many write-about-reading strategies so beautifully put to use. Each year Leslie Blauman guides her students to become highly skilled at supporting their thinking about texts, and in Evidence-Based Writing: Fiction, she shares her win-win process. Leslie combed the ELA standards and all her favorite books and built a lesson structure you can use in two ways: with an entire text or with just the excerpts she’s included in the book. Addressing Evidence, Character, Theme, Point of View, Visuals, Words and Structure, each section includes: Lessons you can use as teacher demonstrations or for guided practice, with Best the Test tips on how to authentically teach the skills that show up on exams with the texts you teach. Prompt Pages serve as handy references, giving students the key questions to ask themselves as they read any text and consider how an author’s meaning and structure combine. Excerpts-to-Write About Pages feature carefully selected passages from novels, short stories, and picture books you already know and love and questions that require students to discover a text’s literal and deeper meanings. Write-About-Reading Templates scaffold students to think about a text efficiently by focusing on its critical literary elements or text structure demands and help them rehearse for more extensive responses. Writing Tasks invite students to transform their notes into a more developed paragraph or essay with sufficiently challenging tasks geared for grades 6-8. And best of all, your students gain a confidence in responding to complex texts and ideas that will serve them well in school, on tests, and in any situation when they are asked: What are you basing that on? Show me how you know.
Chapter 19: Compare and Contrast Narration in Different Texts
Compare and Contrast Narration in Different Texts
Multiple Viewpoints: The story is told by only one character at a time, but the viewpoint character switches between two or more characters throughout the course of the text. It adds to the story to have it told from different points of view because the reader gains insight into a variety of characters and sees their perspective about the events, problems, and other characters.
Prompts for Comparing and Contrasting Narration in Different Texts
- Is the text written in first person or third person?
- How does this affect the narration and the point of view?
- Who is telling the story in each text and why?
- What point of view does the narrator take in each text?
- How are ...