Are you interested in introducing your students to these signposts and anchor questions? I highly recommend you read the book! In my opinion, it is well worth the money, as it contains 6 well-crafted classroom-tested lessons that you can use to introduce the signposts to your students! Beyond that, it was a very enjoyable read, and it even includes a 70-page appendix full of supplemental materials like reading logs, bookmarks, signpost printables, and book excerpts! Just click on this image (which includes an Amazon affiliate link) to check out the book.
After finishing the book, I created the following task cards. Just click on the image below to download them! My intention is for these task cards to be used as a review activity after all of the signposts have been individually introduced.
This task card set contains 12 passages arranged as the task card shown above. Each passage is followed by a 2-part question. For Part A, students are required to identify the signpost that was featured in the passage. For Part B, students are charged with answering the anchor question that accompanies the signpost that they identified. (In their book, Beers and Probst stress that the anchor questions should become internalized, so that students are asking themselves the questions, rather than the teacher asking the anchor chart questions to the students. Therefore, I didn't include the anchor question in the Part B task. Besides that, it would give away the answer to Part A!)
I included an answer sheet, but please remember that the answers shown are only possible answers. As long as students write a plausible answer that refers back to the text, I will accept it as correct. Also notice that for certain passages, students might identify a different signpost. For example, for Task Card 7, I believe that "Words of the Wiser" is clearly the featured signpost. However, I realize that some students might identify it as a "Memory Moment". If this happens, I plan to tell these students that I know a memory is mentioned in this passage, but that another signpost is featured a bit more prominently, and I would ask them to reread the passage to see if they could determine which other signpost is featured.
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