Ask for an integrated skill

Ask students to integrate a related skill. In the real world, questions rarely isolate a skill precisely. To prepare students for that, try responding to mastery of one skill by asking students to integrate the skill with others recently mastered:

Teacher: Who can use the word stride in a sentence?

 

Student: “I stride down the street.”

 

Teacher: Can you add some detail to show more about what stride means?

 

Student: “I stride down the street to buy some milk at the shop.”

 

Teacher: Can you add an adjective to modify street?

 

Student: “I stride down the wide street to buy some milk at the shop.”

 

Teacher: Good, now can you add a compound subject to your sentence?

 

Student: “My brother and I stride down the wide street to buy some milk at the shop.”

 

Teacher: And can you put that in the past tense?

 

Student: “My brother and I strode down the wide street to buy some milk at the shop.”

 

Teacher: Those were very challenging questions Charlie, and look how well you handled them!

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