Compare and Contrast
Does this book remind you of any other book or subject you are currently studying in school?
This question is intended to get students to make a connection between the story in this book and the other subjects or curriculum they are studying – and in so doing it enhances their thinking skills by requiring students to engage in deeper thinking. As they learn to make meaning from this story their studies of other subjects are reinforced. Teachers may also want to take the discussion one step further by asking if the stories remind them of any experiences in their own lives. Connecting students to the stories activates their learning and makes them want to know more. These types of questions encourage students to reflect, and in so doing they are synthesizing what they have learned. Leveraging the art and writing in our story also helps students develop within themselves a kind of creative confidence. In addition, author Katrina Schwartz notes that integrating art “not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride.” (Schwartz, 2015) As with the others, this leading question is meant to be a suggestion and is customizable depending on the needs of students and teachers, and the relationship to other classroom activities. Teachers should also be prepared to follow the student's answers wherever they lead while at the same time circling back to classroom curriculum themes.