As I grapple with how to engage students in reading challenging texts, I find that many students don’t know how to generate their own questions about what they read. At the high school level, many students have become accustomed to a literature classroom in which they are told what to think. The discussion is led by the teacher, and they answer the questions that are posed to them. They no longer explore their own connections, confusions, or curiosities. The following “sentence starters” could be used as tools when students are first being pushed to think for themselves.
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