• Thinking Stems

    Being an Active Reader

     Making Connections:

    1.    This reminds me of…

    2.    An experience I have had like that…

    3.    This reminds me of the book ________ because…

    4.    How can I live differently because this book has been a part of my life?

     

     Asking Questions:

    1.    I wonder…

    2.    How come…

    3.    Why…

    4.    I’m confused…

    5.    What if…

    6.    I don’t understand…

     Visualizing/Sensory Images:

    1.    In my mind I picture ______ when I read _____...

    2.    I visualized…

    3.    I can see…

    4.    I can taste/hear/smell/feel…

     

    Inferring/Predicting:

    1.    I think…

    2.    Maybe this means…

    3.    I’m guessing…

    4.    This allows me to assume…

    5.    I predict _____ because…

     Summarizing:

    1.    So far this book is mostly about…

    2.    The main ideas in this book are…

    3.    Some important events are _____ because…

    4.    First….Next….Then….Finally

    Synthesizing:

    1.    I’m thinking that…

    2.    At first I thought _____ but now I’m thinking _____ because…

    3.    I’m changing my thinking again because…

    4.    I think the lesson or theme is _____ because…

    5.    These events have caused me to believe…

     

     Author’s Message:

    1.    What is this story really about?

    2.    What does this story say about the world?

    3.    Whose story is being told?

    4.    What are the themes I have been identifying so far?

    5.    What is the lesson of this book?

     

    Evaluating:

    1.    I agree with _____ because…

    2.    I don’t think …

     

    Setting (Time and Place):

    1.    This story takes place…

    2.    Something I noticed about the setting…

    3.    I would/would not like to live during this time period/in this place because…

    4.    The  author used _______ to describe the setting…

     

     Characters:

    1.    If I were (character’s name) I would…

    2.    The character that interests me most is _____ because…

    3.    A character that really changed in the story was _____ because he/she …

    4.    I like/don’t like (character’s name) because…

     

    Plot:

    1.    I think a problem in this story is…

    2.    I think (character’s name)  will try to solve this problem by…

    3.    An event that I think might happen next is…

    4.    Another way this story could have ended is…

    5.    Predict how the character might overcome an obstacle.

     
     

    Language:

    1.    I like the way the author described…

    2.    _____ is a new word for me.  I think it might mean _____ because…

    3.    An interesting (word, phrase, or sentence) that I noticed …

    4.    _____ is one of my favorite passages because…

     

    *Record page numbers where you noticed language!

     

    Author:

    1.    I think the author wrote this book because…

    2.    It’s interesting how the author…

    3.    Something I noticed about the author’s style…

    4.    I’d like to read another book by this author because…

    5.    I do/don’t like this author’s writing style because…

     
     

    Illustrator:

    1.    If I were the illustrator of this book I would change/draw…

    2.    I could draw _______ as a symbol for _______ because…

    3.    Illustrations would/wouldn’t make this story more interesting because…

    Non-Fiction Prompts:

    1.    Something that interests me about this topic is…

    2.    Something new I learned…

    3.    I want to learn more about…

    4.    Some questions I still have about the topic…

    5.    The author made the topic interesting by….

    6.    An illustration or picture that interested me the most was _____ because…

    7.    Something I don’t understand…

    Open – ended Prompts:

    1.    If I could change one part of the selection, I would change _______ because …

    2.    I wish…

    3.    Something that surprised me was…

    4.    As I read this selection, I felt _____ because…

    5.    I liked/didn’t like when ______ because…

    6.    My favorite part was when _____ because…

    7.    I noticed…

    8.    I think the genre of this selection is _____ because…