We have been working as a class to make sure that we are using evidence to support our responses in the classroom. The students are practicing saying things like “According to the text…” or “The Author states…”. These sentence starters are helping them to remember to cite the evidence when they are responding to a question. In the classroom we have made it a goal to cite text evidence EVERY TIME we answer a question, in writing or verbally. As a class we are getting to be really good at this and the students are even starting to “catch” each other when they provide text evidence. This is a great thing to practice at home too. When you read with your child ask them questions about what they read and remind them to support their answers with evidence from the text. This encourages them to extend their deep thinking to all areas of their life. By doing so this will be come automatic for them!

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