Stages 5&6: Critical Thinking - Description
Once the Stages 3 & 4 foundation have been established, students should be very actively constructing meaning WHILE they are reading. Our follow-up research show a significant increase in the readers' ability to hold onto information because, at lightning speed, it has learnt to process the meaning much more deeply and flexibly, thereby making it more memorable.
Now it is time to look more closely at 'big picture' comprehension and develop the ability to think about the whole text beyond the confirms of the sentence level. We have proven without doubt that this cannot take place until the reader has developed the ability to construct meaning while they are reading.
Stage 5: Analysing Text (Critical Thinking)
Each stage now has to be broken into two separate parts to cope with the differences in narrative (fiction) and non fiction genre.
Stage 5A (analysing narrative or fiction text) trains the reader to identify and track the development of a story WHILE they are reading it. Using a simple story grammar talking about characters, setting, problems, actions and outcomes becomes a normal part of their unpacking of text without the need for teacher questioning.
Stage 6: Evaluating Text (Critical Thinking)
Once meaning has been constructed and the content analysed the reader is in the position to be able to evaluate the quality of the text while they are reading (an essential active reading skill).
Start-Up Workshop for Stages 4-6
We offer a Stages 4-6 workshop for teachers who are have attended a Stage 3 Workshop and had some practicel experience in the classroom. This is an important part - students and teachers need to have some fluency with Stage 3 before attempting these add on stages.
This workshop also includes Stage 6 which is not yet available ONLiNE
WORKSHOP COST: NZ $195+GST (includes 12 months access to Stages 4&5 ONLiNE - value NZ $99+GST)
Stages 4&5 ONLiNE
Twelve months access to Stages 4&5 ONLiNE is an integral part of your workshop fee.
However, if you are comfortable with SharpReading from the work you have done on Stage 3, then the getting on with the ONLiNE training without a start-up workshop is an excellent option.
Stages 4 & 5 ONLiNE COST: NZ $99+GST for a 1 User Licence
FAQs about Stages 4-6
When are my students ready for Stage 4?
Show ACCURACY with ITTM statements
They are quick and convincing with their ITTM statement
- they unpack all the pieces
- they stay with the sentence
- they identify the ‘who’ in the sentence
- they use gestures as shortcuts
- they acknowledge their own possible roadblocks during ITTM
- they can use the four sources of information to attempt to clear roadblocks during ITTM
- What clues are there in the word?
- What sort of word is it?
- Where have I heard that word before?
- What clues are there in the sentence?
FOCUS and ENGAGEMENT
They show willingness and enthusiasm for the accurate processing of meaning throughout the lesson.
MOVING ON TO STAGE 4
Don’t be in a hurry to move on to Stage 4. While there are more things that you can do to develop “thinking while reading”, Stage 3 and ITTM is the foundation for this; the most important part. Until students are truly fluent with this you are not really helping their development by loading them up with new, even more challenging cognitive requirements.
Remember that habitualising a new mental strategy takes a lot of practise and over learning. If you are getting bored with ITTM or the students are getting bored it is almost certainly to do with flaws in your implementation rather than the students having achieved mastery.