From Post Its to Theories in the Reader's Notebook
I was very interested to see what Cynthia Satterlee, from Teacher's College Reading Institute had to say during her session entitled: From Post-its to Theories to Writing Literary Essays: Help Students Write Quick Literary Essays in the Reading and Writing Workshop
The first question Cynthia posed to us was, "What do you do with all those post its that the kids are stopping and jotting on while reading?" <As I think of how I threw them away when students were done reading so they could start a new book> Thankfully she didn't really require an answer before she said, "Don't throw them away! Have the kids use them to build theories and essays." It's a gradual process. They move from inference to interpretation. They take the good work they are doing on those post its and make it a little better as they move to writing about their ideas together.
There are so many ways to use the stop and jot: as an active engagement activity during the mini lesson, as an exit ticket before they leave for independent work in workshop, during their reading in their books...but for when it is used as a quick picture for the teacher to see their thinking such as the morning bellringer thought, active engagement or exit ticket try using it with a JOT LOT. On the poster each student has an empty square with their "student number" and they leave their thoughts there. Imagine how much more thought they will put into it knowing their peers with see! This will also give you a quick look at who you need to meet with or form a small group for during the workshop.
First have them grow their surface thinking on the stop and jots. Elaboration on thoughts:
character feeling...... to......character feeling with evidence
character trait.......to.......character trait with evidence
interpretation of character.....to.......interpretation through character
Be ready for quality conversations with your students and for them to have thoughts on their own and with each other by making sure they are reading quality literature. By starting with their thoughts on characters they have someone to "get to know" to build theories on. "How is your theory of this character changing? Why"
How to make worthwhile post-its to bring to conversation in book clubs:
Don’t come to book club or conversation club without post its to talk about
Boxes and bullets can work on post-its
Use those to build ideas about characters
Post its are important, it helps the teacher understanding your thinking, it helps you form big ideas
Here's how they can see the structure with the stop in jots:
Cross posted on LIVE FROM THE CREEK