You've Got To Meet WALTER!

Hello all!
I came across this link at and am busily introducing WALTeR to the teachers and students at my school.  W.A.L.T.eR is a handy acronym to remember how characters' Words, Actions, Looks, Thoughts and Responses help us provide support for our thoughts and opinions about narrative texts.  Since the Common Core asks students to defend their thinking when they generate opinions or arguments,  WALTeR is a great scaffold to help them go back into the text and focus their attention on specifics.  When we're asked to make judgments across texts, for example, comparing one heroine to another, WALTeR will give students something to sink their teeth into--providing concrete guidance for what aspects of character may provide food for thought.  Thank you to Mary Blow for sharing WALTeR with the world!

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