my thinking throughout! I also made a "ponder mobile" for us to be considering as we read . . . it is spinning right by our doorway--5 posters, 10 questions. Check it out! Many of the questions on it come from either pausing points we have used, ideas from my "Digging Deeper" unit, or questions that we are going to be studying as we go through this unit.
I gave the students some time to read the prompts and then we talked about whether we would be able to answer them throughout the text or only when we finished and did some discussing about what we already knew.
Then I explained that we would be tracking our pondering by writing key thoughts on butterflies (Get it? "Flutter"? I know . . . it's cheesy, right? Still--the butterfly is one of the critical symbols in the book so it seemed fitting!) and sticking them onto our "Ponder Mobile" like this:
I figure by the time we are finished reading, this mobile is going to be covered in paper butterflies AND we will have a wonderful basis for us to refer to as we write literary essays on the text. Thought I'd share--the students are super excited! I'll add another photo as we progress through the book so you can see how it is working!
One day left this week--and it's a field trip for me . . . cross your fingers. I'm always a nervous wreck on trips.