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Three Questions to Help Students Read More Critically

posted Aug 15, 2014, 2:10 AM by HSD Principal   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 2:20 AM ]

In this article in AMLE Magazine, New Jersey educator Sandra Wozniak makes the case for integrating current events into science, history, language arts, and other subjects. “Just because it’s not ‘in the book’ does not mean it’s off topic,” she says. She also offers a suggestion from James Bach for three questions to ask students as they read any text:

  • Huh? What is this all about? Is it confusing? Is it vague?

  • Really? Is this factually accurate? What’s the source? What’s the evidence?

  • So what? Why does this matter? To whom? How much?

More from Bach at www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-critical-thinking-dog-food-james-bach

“Motivating Students with Teachable Moments” by Sandra Wozniak in AMLE Magazine, August 2014 (Vol. 2, #1, p. 10-13), www.amle.org; the author can be reached at swozniak@njamle.org.

Extract taken from Marshall Memo 547, August 15, 2014