Fishing for Meaning

Fishing for Meaning


Encouraging Deeper Comprehension

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by Rita Cevasco, M.A. and Tracy Molitors

Recommended Grade Level: PreK - 8

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Fishing for Meaning is a visual, interractive metaphor to teach children that writers put words on the page expecting readers to look beneath the text to interpret richer meaning. In this way children make connections with text and with the larger human experience. We use this visual metaphor to help children realize that words are "on the page", but they must discover a world of information "in their head". The reader must fish for deeper meaning.

While stocking their ocean with their own interpretations and literary elements, children develop the close reading skills needed for future annotation. For a comprehensive understanding of literary elements, use our Annotating Literary Elements curriculum.

Fishing for Meaning can be reprinted for personal use with any story.

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