Guided practice allows all students to practice the strategy in a close proximity to a teacher.
Here is what he recorded in his Thoughtful Log as proof that he could independently identify a comparison in a non-fiction text.
Did you know tigers' faces are like our fingerprints? No two tiger faces are identical, just like no two fingerprints are exactly the same!
We also read the book Hungry, Hungry Sharks as a mentor text for comparisons. Students glued the following chart into their Thoughtful Logs to anchor their learning.
As students listened, they recorded the comparisons they heard!
In one of our guided reading groups, we have been discussing how we can learn important lessons from characters in texts we read. Today was Phase 2 for one of my groups. In Phase 2, students respond in writing to a deeper-level prompt using the text we read the day before.
We learn that providing evidence from the text is an effective way to support your answer. I love it when I see students doing exactly what Natasha is doing below!
Here is what one student wrote in response to the writing prompt:
Today it was time for students to teach the important information they read. I gave each group member a pointer to use, too, so they would feel even more like teachers!