Larry Bell's 12 Powerful Words and UNRAAVEL

12 Powerful Words and UNRAAVEL for Reading and for Math are strategies that help students understand what they are reading and how to solve problems.

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12 Powerful Words
Trace -- list in steps; outline
Analyze -- break apart
Infer -- read between the lines
Evaluate -- to judge
Formulate -- create and build
Support -- back up with details
Explain -- tell how
Compare -- tell all the ways they are alike
Contrast -- tell all the ways they are different
Describe -- tell all about
Predict -- what will happen next
Summarize -- give me the short version
UNRAAVEL for Reading
U
nderline the title.
N
ow predict the passage.
R
un through and number the paragraphs and sentences.
A
re you reading the questions?
A
re the important words circled?
V
enture (READ) through the passage.
E
liminate the obviously silly and wrong answers.
L

et the questions be answered and write the paragraph and sentence number where you found the answer next to the question.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR WORK!

UNRAAVEL for Math
U
nderline the question.
N
ow predict what you think you need to do to solve the problem.
R
ead the word problem.
A
re the important words circled (especially clue words)?
A
pply the steps you chose to solve the problem.
V
erify your answer (is it reasonable: does it make sense).
E
liminate the wrong answers.
L

et the answer stay or rework the problem.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR WORK!

 


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