We are learning to develop our critical thinking skills

24th June

This means to improve our thinking.

Success Criteria :

*I add detail when I answer questions about texts

*In the past I used keywords when answering questions, now I use full sentences and paragraphs

See my self-assessment targets on my Bloom’s levels of thinking

My comment:

I think I'm almost there and there because I've achieved most of the time and sometimes not.

Kelly’s comment:

I think it has been a really great challenge for you this term to answer a range of questions about text with a lot more thinking required. We will continue to use the Bloom’s questions to help you improve your thinking. Next you can write the questions for the texts you read!

 

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Questions starters and prompts at each level of thinking:

REMEMBERING

  • What is...
  • Where is…
  • When did….                              
  • List 3…
  • Write true or false
  • Who were the main characters?        
  • List 3…
  • Write true or false

UNDERSTANDING

  • In your own words…
  • Tell the main idea…
  • What is meant by….                    
  • Describe….                                                
  • What facts or ideas show…
  • Which is the best answer..

APPLYING

  • Tell me another time when…
  • What could you ask about…
  • What instructions could you give to…  
  • Show how…
  • What examples can you find to…
  • What questions would you ask in an interview with...

ANALYSING

  • How is … related to …
  • Why do you think…
  • What is the theme..
  • Can you list parts that show…
  • What evidence can you find…
  • What is the relationship between…
  • Distinguish between….                                      
  • What conclusion can you draw..
  • Explain similarities between...
  • Separate fact from opinion
  • Arrange the least to most important        

EVALUATING

  • How effective is…
  • What is your opinion of..
  • Based on what you know, how would you explain..
  • What was it better that..
  • Convince another reader..                                      
  • How would you feel if…
  • How would you have handled..
  • How could think the story help you in your own life...

CREATING

  • Create a new character for the story
  • Invent a different way to…
  • What if…    Imagine that …
  • What ideas can you add to..
  • How would you design a new ..
  • What might happen if you combined..,
  • Rearrange the….                                                            
  • Can you suggest an alternative..
  • Find other ways to…
  • Design a better...

TARGETS TO COPY:

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 3-11

Understanding

1. In your own words, explain where Alfie lives and how it changes due to the weather/seasons.

Answer:bright and sunny

Understanding

2. What is meant by “whispering endearments to him” on page 7?

Answer:it means that miss silver was whispering sweet lovey dovey things to Alfie  

Applying

3. What instructions could you give to someone wanting to buy a tortoise?

Answer:make sure you feed it the right amount of food to your tortoise

Understanding

4. Describe the reasons why Mr Hoppy is jealous of Alfie

Answer:mr hoppy is jealous because miss silver has Alfie and is in love with Alfie not him

Applying

5. What questions would you ask in an interview with Alfie?

Answer:Alfie do you have any mum,dad,sister or a brother?

Analysing

6. Why do you think Mr Hoppy is in love with Mrs Silver?

Answer:because she is beautiful and is very kind

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 12-21

Analysing

7. Why do you think Mr Hoppy is moving all his furniture?

Answer:so that he can ask miss silver to come around for a cup of tea

Evaluating

8. How would you feel if someone told you these magic words made your pet grow?

Answer:I would fell sad because I would want my pet to live longer not die

Creating

9. How would you design a different chant for Mrs Silver to say to Alfie?

Answer:I would tell her to say it backwoods so Alfie can understand

Understanding

10. Describe why Mrs Silver wants Alfie to grow bigger.

Answer:she wants him to grow because he is small and needs to and she wants him to grow faster

Creating

11. Could you find other ways for Mr Hoppy to pass the note down to Mrs Silver? What are they?

Answer:he could go down to miss silver's apartment and give it to her.he could leave it at miss silver's door step

EVALUATING

12. What could you ask about Mr Hoppy’s trip to North America?

Answer:I would ask how did he get there.

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 22-31

Understanding

13. Tell the main idea of these pages in one sentence

Answer: Mr Hoppy bought 140 tortoises and swapped Alfie with his tortoise catcher

Applying

14. Tell me another time when you might have tricked someone?

Answer: I pretend to hide from my brother and trick him because he can't find me!

Analysing

15. Can you list parts that show how Mr Hoppy is making sure the tortoise looks the same as Alfie?

Answer: spots, dark she'll, 2 ounces bigger

Understanding

16. What facts or ideas show that Mr Hoppy would be very clever at inventing  a tool to move the tortoises?

Answer: he was a mechanic, we know he was clever, he would collected secret facts about Alfie

Applying

17. What instructions would you give to someone making this tortoise moving tool?

Answer:put a claw on one end of the pole put a handle on the other end

Analysing

18. What are the relationships between Alfie and the tortoises at Mr Hoppys house? And then what differences could there be?

Answer:they come from the same pet shop the differences are that they are the same species the other tortoise do not have names

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 32-41

Evaluating

19. How effective is the tortoise swapping?

Answer:not that much because they don't eat the same things as Alfie and Alfie doesn't eat the same as the other ones.

Applying

20. What examples can you give to explain the difference of weights in the tortoises?

Answer:The other tortoises have to weigh it and it has to weigh two more oncers then Alfie.

Analysing

21.Why do you think he wants the growing to happen so slowly?

Answer:so that miss silver doesn't know that he is swapping Alfie with the other  tortoises

more=if the growing happened really quickly she might start noticing change.

Creating

22. Can you suggest an alternative to get Mrs Silver interested in Mr Hoppy without him needing to play this trick on her?

Answer: can't he sneakerly go into her house and switch them

Understanding

23. On page 40 it says, “Mrs Silver’s pet had more than doubled in size and the good lady hadn’t noticed a thing.” What does it mean by “the good lady”?

Answer:I think it means miss silver hasn't even released that Alfie has changed

Evaluating

24. What is your opinion of Mr Hoppy’s sneaky plan?

Answer:I think he should stop because miss silver wants Alfie to live longer but get bigger

Remember to improve your thinking and add lots of details Danika.

Esio Trot

By Roald Dahl

Pages 42-56

Understanding

25. What does it mean by “I mustn't bish it” on page 51?

Answer:

Evaluating

26. Was it better for Mrs Silver that Mr Hoppy tricked her into thinking Alfie grew? Why do you think that?

Answer:

Creating

27. What if Mrs Silver found out that Mr Hoppy had tricked her, how would that change the ending?

Answer:

Creating

28. Design a bigger house for the new big Alfie so that Mr Hoppy doesn’t have to switch the tortoises again. You could draw a picture, screenshot it and then insert it in here.

Answer:

Evaluating

29. Convince another reader into reading this book, how could you do this?

Answer:

Evaluating

30. If you were Mrs Silver, how would you have handled the situation, would you have married Mr Hoppy for all his hard work or thanked him in a different way?

Answer:

Swimming for Gold

Chapter 1

Understanding

On page 1 Esther signed. Describe why Esther signed, connecting with her feelings.

she sighed because

Applying

Clarify the meaning of what Sam said “I’m not threatening your independence”

Analysing

What did Sam compare himself to and what does this mean for his actions?

Evaluating

How would you feel if you were in a wheel chair?

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

Understanding author's purpose

1.For what purpose did the author write many rhetorical questions?

to get the reader thinking of what the answers that might be for the questions

Understanding author's purpose

2. List all the verbs used in paragraph 1. Then explain the different impact the paragraph would have on the reader if there were none of these

shuddered,jerked,staggered,falling,twisted. They wouldn't be doing anything they would just be sitting there and talking doing nothing.

Understanding author's purpose

3. Give an example of each sentence type found in chapter 1. Simple, compound and complex

Simple:”what’s wrong”Raki asked

compound:He clambered into his seat and locked on his landing harness.

complex:She was huddled over a flashing screen. The ship was losing speed and tracking off course.

Analysing

4. Explain what this sentence tells the reader ‘Raki felt small beads of sweat break out on his lips’

he felt a lot  nervous and sweat started breaking out onto his lips

Understanding

5. Give definitions for 4 words that might need clarifying

Danika, reread the question to do what the task asked you to do.

sluggishly,dimmed,joystick,wrenching.

Where are your own questions written for chapter 2. You will need to do some catch up Danika. Come see me if you need more help.

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

CHAPTER 7- Teacher Questions                       CHAPTER 8- Child Questions        

Understanding

1. Think deeply about this sentence from on page 59 ’Weak light leaked out of the cracks’. How has the author done a great job of describing the light?

after thinking it gave me a clear picture in my head  he described it really well instead of the "light was shing out of the cracks"leaking dosen't show

Create

2. Create a diagram to show your understanding of the process explained on page 59

Analysing

3. Reread carefully, focusing on how Raki feels. List and explain the range of feelings he has in this chapter.

raki stiffened and didn't want to go in. I think he's scared.

Danika  I would like you to talk to Akshay about his response for this question. If you need to add more feelings and details please do them under this comment. It is a hard one.

Create

Without reading ahead, write a paragraph of what might happen next

raki felt his heart skip a beat. He knew he'd made a big mistake. He fell to a different plat for and there was lots of tunnels he had to choose what one was the lightest. He looked around at the tunnels and found the lightest tunnel. He went through the lightest and found something that was light but but it wasn't what he was looking for.

I bet you can’t wait to read on now!

Understanding

5. List words that might need clarifying

Teacher Assessment:

Danika’s question for chapter 9- Who is the main character

Would this be an appropriate question for chapter 9 or were you just rushing Danika? Use your literacy time wisely.

The Crystal Crescent by John Lockyer

CHAPTER 9- Teacher Questions         Due 24 Monday              

Understanding

1. On page 76  Raki rolling in the sticky substance and moving his body around and around. Explain why Raki did such things?

because it was sticky and really impossible to get throe

Create

2. Record possible dialogue which could have come from Raki during the events in page 76 and 77.

there was no dialogue coming from raki it is possible he could talk to himself eg:"I hope this works","This might be bad","This is is gona be bad","Ow","oh ow","I don't know what to do about this thing"

Clarify

3. Clarify the word ‘prise’

Now explain what it means in this text

it means things are loose

Analysing

4. Separate true and false, explaining each statement

  1. A knife sliced across Raki’s fingers.
  2. He felt his knuckles stretch.
  3. Raki cried silently.
  4. The pool had a strobe in it.
  5. The tsunami knocked him out.
  6. The monitor gave them direction.

1.false 2.true 3.false 4.false 5.false 6.true

Evaluating

5. How could you relate this story to your own life?