We are so proud of the work our 4th graders are doing in their Reader's Notebooks. We are really pushing them to explain their reasoning for their theories about characters. Good literature students have to be able to effectively share what they think and then give evidence for why they think this. It has also been exciting to see how much more the class is paying attention to the words in their books. Being on the hunt for vocabulary words keeps their eyes and minds open to being sure they really understand what they are reading.
See the anchor chart below from our class work on "Growing Theories About Characters." This unit has us all looking at the characters in our personal books and our class read-aloud, The Tiger Rising, in new and interesting ways. Ask your students to explain some of these strategies to you.