Using Determining Importance to Determine Author's Purpose


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How do we help students understand and utilize the strategy of Determining Importance? Christie tells her students the secret...we have to know why authors write.

After turning and talking, Christie's students share out a couple of the authors' purposes they discussed. Christie then nudges them to give examples of books and titles that validate their thinking.

Christie weaves grade level expectations into each of her lessons throughout the year, which is evident in this lesson when she requires students to substantiate their thinking and learning.


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