Higher-level questions: Thinking about magic

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Teacher: Clara Gonzales-Espinoza
Grade: 5
School Name: Emerson Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Higher-level questions: Thinking about magic

Clara shares the observations of students who wondered about the way magic was introduced in the Cinderella story.

Standards

Reading Standards for Literature (K-5)

  • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says and when drawing inferences. (RL 4.1)
  • Describe in depth a character setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text. (RL 4.3)
  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (RL 5.1)
  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact). (RL 5.3)

Speaking and Listening Standards (K-5)

  • Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and details to support main ideas or themes. (SL 4.4)
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (SL 4.1)
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (SL 5.1)
  • Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details. (SL 5.4)

Discussion Questions

  • What differences do you see in the standards from one grade to the next?
  • How would you modify this Grade 4 lesson if you wanted to use it with Grade 5 students?

Lesson Summary

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella, encouraging her students to examine their own questions about how magic works in the story.

Things to watch for:

  • Focused group discussions
  • Higher level thinking questions
  • Regular comprehension checks

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