We’re back with the third and final episode in our mini-series on comprehension and critical thinking! Something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is this: How can I motivate and encourage kids who seem hesitant, reluctant, or don’t really know how to critically think about what they’re reading??

Here’s what I’ve realized: In order for anyone (you, me, our students, whoever!) to think critically about something that they’ve read, they have to have content knowledge on that topic.

So in my lesson planning, I devote a significant amount of time to teaching my kids the content of whatever I want them to think critically about or deeply about later.

That really changed how I planned! So now I think:

  1. Comprehension on the topic
  2. Critical thinking to follow

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