Yesterday when I was teaching a 7th grade reading lesson about questioning, thinking, and annotation I posed this sentence stem at the bottom of the page:
The reading changed me because NOW I think…
We talked about the article in the WE DO section of the lesson and we determined collectively the author’s style was not to our taste. Credible sources was a topic of a previously taught lesson and I sensed the teachable moment to spiral back to this idea approaching as I wrote on the chart. So we talked about the stats in the article and how that added to our reading knowledge. To my model sentence, I added the idea of more credible sources.
Before the coaching session with the teacher I thumbed through the student work and laughed out loud when I read:
This reading changed me because I need a more incredible source.
I couldn’t agree more! Sources should be incredible! They are more memorable that way.