January 10, 2012
So I made these simple graphic organizers for my ELL students to brainstorm questions about their topics (they are writing reports on animals). The students worked in pairs to generate questions together. Then, they stored them in their folders, so they could add to the list as they thought of new questions.
We’ve been researching and using nonfiction mentor texts for about a month now and it has been great. But it came to that point this week where the kids were coming up to me and saying, “I think I’ve finished!”. All I had to do was ask them to refer to their initial questions and they were exclaiming, “oh! I forgot to look for this!”. (It helps, of course, that I have an adorable class that is way into these animal research projects!).
I know they’re nothing really fancy, but I wanted to share them with you…in case you could use them with your class. I kept them really open-ended because it makes the graphic organizer self-differentiating in a way. My newest ELL students were able to write basic questions on their own, using the question word prompt on each page. My more fluent students were able to ask more extended questions in an organized format. It was cool!
The file contains the six basic questioning words: who, what, where, when, why, and how (though we didn’t use “who” for this particular project). Here’s a little peek:
If you’d like to download the file (it’s free) I put it in my Teacher’s Notebook shop and you can access it by clicking the button below.
Are you using a Writer’s Workshop format in your school? What are your students working on right now?? We are wrapping up reports within the next two weeks and moving onto Memoirs next. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂