In whole group reading, we've been working on comparing and contrasting characters. In fifth grade, the expectation is to go much deeper then "one is a boy and one is a girl" responses.
We've looked at how characters in the same text respond similarly and differently to the same event using Seed Folks as mentor text.
We've looked at how characters from different novels respond similarly and differently to a similar event using Tiger Rising, Because of Winn Dixie and Sarah, Plain and Tall as mentor texts with Rob, Opal and Anne.
We've moved on to looking at Matt and Attean in Sign of the Beaver and how they interact differently with the environment.
As you can see, I broke the reading into three sections. I modeled the first day, reading the passage aloud and sharing my thinking (metacognition).
They worked with a partner or in a small group of three on part two and on Monday, they'll do part three independently. They read the passage, take notes since they're "reading with a pencil" and then discuss their ideas.
They're taking notes in the graphic organizer we made in our whole group notebooks:
While they work, not only are they building their stamina (since testing is a few months away) but I get to see how well they're doing with annotating (stop and jot) as well as analyzing the text.
It's a great way to do a quick informal assessment, I just walk around and make notes on a post-it. I can also do a quick intervention if needed.
Some of them will struggle with this independent task and as I've said before, this productive struggle is perfectly okay.
I'm impressed with how well they're doing!