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Notice and Note:
Transcript of Notice and Note:
Words of the Wiser
When a character (often older and wiser) offers some life lesson to the protagonist.
Often emerges as a main theme in the book.
Again and Again
When "an image, word, or situation is repeated, leading the reader to wonder about its significance" (72).
As students identify and consider the statement or situation that is being repeated, they begin to analyze components that often lead to the theme of the reading.
There are points in novels where characters remember something from the past. Often these moments are significant to understanding characters and themes.
Noticing Other Signposts
The BEST Part of the Signposts!
Notice and Note:
Strategies for Close Reading
Authors: Kylene Beers and Robert Probst
Presented by Shari Hales, Nicole Coleman & Laura Brink
What is a Reading Signpost
Engaged readers notice certain aspects
or "signposts" in text that cause them to have an inner dialog about the text at that point.
How Signposts Were Noticed
Beers and Probst read the most taught books in middle and high schools (repeatedly) to find the signposts: signs that tell a good reader to engage with the text.
They found quite a few, but decided the six that we will review are the most common.
They developed one question for the reader to ask him/herself when a signpost is noticed.
1. For reading to be rigorous, the text needs to be at an appropriate level and the reader needs to be engaged.
2. Signposts are taught one at a time, but then noticed together after all of them have been taught.
3. These signposts are taught using a gradual release method: giving the students more and more responsibility for the task and their learning.
As your students get better at
self-talk and attending to the text,
they may find additional signposts.
Signposts occur in multiple texts, so to design a question, use generalized language that will apply to more than just one text.
When "a character's actions or thoughts clearly contradict previous patterns or contrast with patterns the reader would normally expect, suggesting a change or offering an insight into the character" (71).
Moments in the text when a character has a sudden insight.
Usually signaled in the text with recognizable language, like, "I understood," "I realized," ...
When main characters pause to ask themselves (or a trusted other) tough questions.
Can appear as statements, like: "I wonder..."
They show up in novels, because they show up in the world.
Students will begin to notice these signposts in people's actions and everyday life, making them more observant, critical thinkers.
Building Intellectual Communities
The reader asks: what does this make me wonder about?
How could this advice affect the character?
Why does the character act (feel) this way?
How might this change things?
Why might this memory be important?
Why does this keep showing up
again and again?