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Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

Strategy 7: Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate critical thinking skills and understanding of content

What to Do

Before reading the story (introduction)

  • What do you think will happen?
  • Predict what will happen next
  • Preview vocabulary
  • Link to prior knowledge

During reading of the story

  • What just happened?
  • Why did characters do that?
  • Why did that happen?
  • Sequencing
  • Predicting
  • Story maps/character maps
  • Answering "Wh" questions
  • Problem solving
  • Venn Diagrams/T-charts
  • Identifying theme
  • Making connections through Text to text; text to self; text to world

After reading the story

  • Draw conclusions
  • Retell story
  • Change ending
  • Problem solving
  • Book Reviews

Things to Consider

  • Have you collaborated with your Assistive Technology team to evaluate for the best tools for your student?
  • For students who use symbols (object or picture) are you adding the text to the symbols so everyone refers to them consistently?
  • For students who have limited physical abilities have you determined the best response mode, found the appropriate assistive technology that allows student involvement?

Always Ask Yourself