SOTW: Annotating Text for Numbers and Stats

I am a huge fan of Kylene Beers and Bob Probst’s work.  I have read all their books and attend any workshop that my school district will allow me to go to where they are presenting.  If I can’t go, I send others.  Their latest book, Reading Nonfiction, breaks down teaching students how to read informational and argumentative texts in simpl

PURPOSE OF THIS STRATEGY:

We ask students to annotate texts for numbers and stats because it alerts them to specific details that help them visualize the text and have a clearer understanding of what is going on in the text.

QUESTIONS STUDENTS ASK THEMSELVES AS THEY READ:

Teach students:

When you are reading & the author uses specific numbers, number words, or provides statistical information, you need to stop and ask yourself…

General: Why did the author use these numbers or amounts?

History: How do these numbers help me see patterns occurring across time, regions, and cultures? What do these numbers help me see?

Science: What purpose do these numbers serve in this context? Do these numbers help prove a point?

Math (in a word problem): What question is the author asking me, and how do those numbers help?

WORDS THAT SIGNAL NUMBERS AND STATS

Numerals: 

  • ___% (90%) ninety percent
  • 340 three hundred forty

Stats & Numerals in Comparison:

  • 1 out of every 10
  • Four times as many

Indefinite Quantities:

  • many
  • most
  • some
  • several
  • few
  • taller than
  • older than, etc.
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