Thick or Thin?

When students are in book clubs or reading partnerships, they ask questions about the books they read.  Readers are encouraged to ask questions that cannot be easily found in the text.  The answers to thick questions are inferred.  They require the reader to make predictions or to formulate new beliefs and ideas.

 
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When students are involved in reading partnerships, they must write "thick questions" to bring to their meetings.  To help students practice writing thick questions, I also include them in my daily read-aloud.  Each day after I read a chapter aloud from a class novel, I invite my students to write a thick question on an index card and add it to the card holder on our "Thick Questions" bulletin board.  I pick one thick question to ask the class before I begin reading from the novel the following day and lead a brief class discussion.

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