SynthesizingOn the fifth day, we synthesized our thinking in a very simple way. I asked who would recommend the book and why or why not. The explanations the children give are what really matters. We tallied our opinions to show that we don’t all agree. Then we discussed our thoughts.I asked each child to explain why they liked or didn’t like the book. I was really interested in what the two children who didn’t enjoy the book said. (Our next book will be another David book which will allow us to further synthesize our thinking about David, getting into trouble and making Text to Text and Text to Self connections.)

As teachers we often make this strategy way too hard for little people. This is a great starting point. As we read more books and learn more about subjects or characters, synthesizing becomes more complicated.(previous blog on synthesizing)

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