"You are always making us pull the facts out of one side of the paper and stuff them into the other. When we don't have enough facts, you tell us to keep stuffing our work space until we have addressed every single fact from the article. So we have to keep re-reading it until we have stuffed enough facts into the box to make you happy with our PLUMP TURKEYS, so we call them TURKEYS!" WORKS FOR ME!
Here's a sample of a PLUMP TURKEY!
A few things to notice:
BLACK ARROW: The kids must draw lines to separate the sections or paragraphs to show me where exactly they are pulling the facts from. That way I know if they pulled each and every fact!
RED ARROW: The kids are allowed to use texts, but it shouldn't be the text from the article. Someone already wrote that. It has to be something in their own words that reiterates the facts.
BLUE ARROW: The kids may use pictures. This particular child drew Sputnik in outer space and a very happy member of the Soviet Union celebrating. I bet she will never forget which country had the first visit to outer space!
We often "stuff turkeys" at the beginning of each unit using our GUIDING TEXT. Once my students have pulled all the facts out of our overview of the unit, they are ready to dive deeply into exploration of the topics related to that unit! It's a win-win for all of us. I get CLOSE-READING from my students, they get a great preview and background knowledge at the beginning of our unit!