Providing Reading Experiences To Inspire Critical Thinking

At our Primary Language Curriculum inservice we were reminded about approaching reading time with an eye to triggering the critical thinking of your students. Despite how it sounds, this is possibly one of the most simple reading methodologies to use! All you do is read the story. No embellishing the process with questioning - just read!


So yesterday I read a story, 'The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water' (a favourite of mine) without asking any questions. Without looking for any predictions. Without looking for any feedback throughout. NOTHING!
I never saw 28 little faces so engaged. There wasn't a peep from cover to cover..... apart from the odd 'ooooh' or gasp! Afterwards, all I said was, "I would love you to tell me about your favourite part." We passed our speaking object around and everyone described their favourite part. I couldn't believe how many different parts they noticed and preferred - much more than usual! The amount of detail the children took in without me interrupting or pointing out things throughout the story was incredible.

Sometimes we can get carried away with our predictions, questioning and spontaneous assessment. Putting the children in control of their own thinking and letting the reading experience just flow can produce even more fruitful oral language experiences, confidence and discussions. To see what your class will surprise you with is really worth it.

We then drew pictures about what we loved most, and they said it all. A picture really does paint a thousand words.
 

 


Have you read "The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water"? I love it. Such a clever little picture book, sure to go down a treat with your class.

I'm giving a copy of this book away tonight in my Christmas Giveaway so keep an eye out for that when it's live!


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