During his literacy block, Justus weaves in many opportunities for his students to listen, learn and engage in different activities.
He uses a read aloud to share his thinking with his students and invites them to do the same in partners or a small group. In this lesson, he is working on asking higher-level questions using the Q-Chart. Using The Stranger, by Chris Van Allsburg, students are asked to jot down their questions on sticky notes. As he reads, Justus stops periodically to think aloud and make his thinking explicit to help students.
When he finishes reading, students post their questions on the Q-Chart.