Side Notes

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The encircled words are the unfamiliar ones. They have the option to look up for the meaning of the words after reading.

I have found out that writing side notes while reading lengthy texts ( and even shorter ones) helps in monitoring your understanding, or the lack of it, of the material.

I encourage (and require to a certain degree) my Grade 6 students to write

-comments about the characters
-personal thoughts related to the story
-summarizing words ( use of brackets)
-predictions
-questions (
-revelations (e.g. I can’t understand this part.)
-emoticons

The good thing about it is their side notes could be in either Filipino or English.

Now, I’m seeing improvement in how they respond to the reading assignments I give. (The selections in our book are really loooong–excerpted from young adult novels.)

And mind you, they enjoy interacting with the story.

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