In thinking about this last week, I stumbled across the memory of attending the New Mexico AP Summer Institute in Albuquerque in June 2006. The presenter for the workshop I attended included a "Creative Thinking Test" for a specific novel in with our materials. My favorite question was #4, the Creative Thinking Questions. These questions asked readers to think figuratively about their novel, comparing a character or an event to an object, color, or personal characteristic. I have taken this idea and expanded it to a longer (and not finished) list of comparisons.
My students have answered some of these questions before, but many of them didn't come up with the result I was looking for. So I'm going to take a more structured approach.
- Test prep - how to respond to short answer questions.
- Marzano: Similarities and Differences (and SIOP: use of graphic organizer)
- Figurative language
- Reading Comprehension
In looking at steps 1 and 2, I did organize it this way on purpose. Often, students will do a cold answer of a question without really thinking about it. I want them to be able to compare that type of answer to an answer that is well thought out, and the only way to do this is by not having them plan their answers first.
Step 1: Each student draws a card, reads it, writes it down on his/her paper, then answers it.
Step 2: Using a T-Chart, write down the characteristics of the character or event chosen, and the figurative term (underlined) on the card.
Step 3: Look at how the question is broken down. Using colored highlighters or 3 different colored pencils, mark the three parts to the question.
Step 4: Review answer written. Mark answer with corresponding colors.
Step 5: One color at a time, expand the answer so that it completely answers each part of the question. Check those sentences for grammar and spelling mistakes.
Step 6: Rewrite paragraph in a cohesive way, remembering to indent, etc.
Creative Thinking Questions