Helping students analyze and digest complex texts to become more persuasive communicators.

by Missy Callaway

Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

In this series of videos, I explore with participants my strategies for helping students develop the capacity to analyze and digest complex texts. I begin with using subject matter that is meaningful to students, then take them through a series of exercises that force them to visit and revisit content and provide evidence to support their arguments.

Part One: Introduction

In part one of the workshop, I describe the reading and writing strategies I use to help students understand complex texts. Then, using school lunches as the subject, I show pictures of lunches around the world and ask participants to discuss and note down what they observe.

Part Two: Intentional Analysis

In part two of the workshop, I ask participants to share their observations about the pictures of school lunches. Then I summarize what I’m modeling: students think about a subject and the statements they are forming, put them on paper, test them out on others, then add to them.

Part Three: Claim, Evidence, Counterclaim

In part three of the workshop, after making notes about a piece of text in their “It Says, I say” worksheets, participants discuss. Then they revisit their notes to make adjustments that may have resulted from their conversations.