January 18 - Question Web and APES

This is a way to link questioning skills with inferences (see previous posts on activities for introducing these two concepts).

Introduce the students to a question web.  A question web is just like a brainstorming cloud, expect rather than a concept in the center we have a question.  As we are reading, we are writing any evidence that we think may help us to answer the question around the web.  Once we have finished the reading, we start to look at the evidence and choose which points are the strongest, and which are weakest (highlight the strongest point in a different color perhaps).  Then we can take our evidence and begin to formulate our response.  I use the APES writing model to do this, as it gives students a framework and structure for giving solid responses backed up with evidence and personal connections.