A routine for capturing what a reader found meaningful from a text.
Description: The Sentence-Phrase-Word thinking routine helps learners to engage with and make meaning from text with a particular focus on capturing the essence of the text or “what speaks to you”. The power of the routine lies in the discussion of why a particular word, a single phrase, and a sentence stood out for each individual in the group as the catalyst for rich discussion. Learners must justify their responses and it sets the stage for considering themes, implications, predictions, and lessons to be drawn.
How to Use the Strategy:
Refer to pages 207-213 in the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners.
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The length of a text is important in this routine. If it is too long, students will just skim it. To use this routine effectively, choose a piece of text that engages - a section from a book, newspaper article, poem, or even a scene from a play.
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