Help your students navigate complex texts in history/social studies and English language arts! This book shows you how to use a key tool—text-based questions—to build students’ literacy and critical thinking skills and meet the Common Core State Standards. You’ll learn how to ask text-based questions about different types of nonfiction and visual texts, including primary and secondary sources, maps, charts, and paintings. You’ll also get ideas for teaching students to examine point of view, write analytical responses, compare texts, cite textual evidence, and pose their own high-level questions. The book is filled with examples that you can use immediately or modify as needed. Each chapter ends with a reflection section to help you adapt the ideas to your own classroom.
"If you are concerned about how to elevate the thinking in your classroom, how to infuse high quality nonfiction texts into your curriculum, or where to look for visual texts that will augment your language arts and/or social studies lessons, then look no further than Teaching with Text-Based Questions. The book is divided into six easy-to-read chapters, each ending with thought provoking questions and space to jot how you might integrate his ideas into your own classroom."
--Tess Alfonsin, Middleweb
"Regardless of years of experience or area of expertise, educators need this book in their writing toolbox. Kevin Thomas Smith offers concise, practical, and meaningful examples that will help teachers guide students in mastering the skill of critical thinking."
--Matt Rickey, Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher, East Noble High School, Kendallville, IN
"While the Common Core provides the literary standards for K-12 educators, it does not explain how to use the standards with real students. Kevin takes these rigorous standards and provides step-by-step instructions for educators to use from the very first day of school. This book gives the necessary tools to coax students deeper into all types of texts from visual to informational."
--Sharon Walsh, Secondary Reading Coach, Clay County School District, FL
Chapter 1: Why Text-Based Questions?
Chapter 2: The Different Types of Nonfiction Text
Chapter 3: Questions Students Should Be Asking About Texts
Chapter 4: Working with Multiple Texts
Chapter 5: Writing Good Responses to Text-Based Questions
Chapter 6: Evaluating Students’ Responses to Text-Based Questions