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Use these critical thinking questions to talk or write about text. For more critical thinking ideas by Reflective Thinker, view http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Reflective-Thinker or view pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/elateacher44/teach-critical-thinking-skills/
The Quack back sheet is something I learned from a friend and have used in my classroom ever since. It allows students to give guided feedback to each other and they LOVE IT!! I have to tell them to do finish their work before quacking back to each other because they just want to constantly give each other feedback.
These 72 differentiated literacy sentence starters will help your students develop the necessary communication skills to discuss books in meaningful ways. These cards can be used to focus student discussions during Turn and Talk and partnership times. They may also be used as sentence starters in literacy journals. I've included 4 blank cards for you in case you'd like to add your own sentence starters.