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Introduction to Notice and Note Signposts

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Janna Van Velson

on 4 May 2016

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Transcript of Introduction to Notice and Note Signposts

When a character does something that contrasts with what is expected or contradicts earlier acts or statements.
Aha Moment
When the character asks him/herself a really difficult question that reveals inner struggles.
When a character (probably older and a lot wiser) takes the main character aside and offers serious advice.
When a word, phrase, object, or situation is mentioned over and over again.
When a character has a recollection that interrupts the forward progress of the story.
To recap, the six signposts are:
1. Contrasts and Contradictions
2. Aha Moment
3. Tough Questions
4. Words of the Wiser
5. Again and Again
6. Memory Moment

In Notice and Note Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst introduce
6 “signposts”
that alert readers to significant moments in a work of literature and encourage students to
read closely

Learning first to
these signposts and then to
them enables readers to
the text, finding
evidence to support
their interpretations.

In short, these close reading strategies will help your students to notice and note.

Notice and Note
Strategies for Close Reading
Developed by Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst
Contrasts and Contradictions
Tough Questions
Words of the Wiser
Again and Again
Memory Moment
"Why is the character doing that?"
The answers help the student make a prediction or an inference about the plot and conflict.
When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures something out.
"How might this change things?"
If the character figured out a problem, a student just learned something about the conflict. If the character understood a life lesson, a student just learned something about the theme.
"What does this question make me wonder about?"
The answers will give students information about the conflict and might give additional ideas about what will happen later in the story.
"What's the life lesson and how might it affect the main character?"
From this reveal the students should realize that the lesson told to the main character is most likely the theme of the story.
"Why does this keep showing up again and again?"
The answers will tell the student about the theme, conflict, or will foreshadow what might happen later in the story.
"Why might this memory be important?"
The answer will tell the student about the theme, conflict, or will foreshadow what might happen later in the story.

What is the purpose of the signpost strategies?
These strategies will help our students conduct their own close readings, instead of us always having to do it for them!
Before Signposts:
After Signposts:
J.Van Velson
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