How to Use the “What Do You Notice?” Strategy in ELA

“What do you notice?”  empowers students to be observant and curious as they explore a text set, topic, or essential question. This lesson is a great way to introduce a unit because it allows students to explore and “investigate” a question before you answer it with another slideshow, lesson, etc. Instead of lecturing or handing out all the information first, you can challenge your students to discover some of the answers on their own (and then you can fill in the gaps later). This simple switch can turn any lesson into a student-centered, inquiry-driven activity that flips the hard work—and the ownership—on the students.

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