Inquiry charts, or I-Charts, guide inquiry into reading by exploration of critical questions. Students gather evidence to support ideas from multiple sources of information. It is a graphic organizer that frames critical questions and catalogues evidence to support conclusions.
GIST is a great strategy because it teaches students how to paraphrase and summarize. It reminds students to listen for the “big idea” when reading text. It enables readers to learn quickly, extract important ideas, and recall text.
Focused Free Writes can be a great way for the teacher to assess their students’ understanding of a lesson or topic, especially students who may not talk a lot in class. It provides students with a time to reflect on what they have learned, activate their background knowledge, and organize their thoughts.
The fishbowl is a classroom discussion strategy. The strategy is useful in engaging students in discussions, giving students autonomy, and modeling discussions. It is particularly helpful in large classes. The strategy helps build deep questioning skills, attention to detail, discussion etiquette and confidence.