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Parent Guide: Coping Mechanisms

This week in class, we’re reading “Coping Mechanisms” by CommonLit Staff.

In “Coping Mechanisms,” the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How does a person overcome adversity?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: College students with disabilities are too often excluded

This week in class, we’re reading “College students with disabilities are too often excluded” by Christa Bialka.

In the informational text, “College students with disabilities are too often excluded,” Christa Bialka discusses how students with disabilities are not included in many on-campus activities.

As your child reads, they will be considering the themes of Community and Prejudice & Discrimination as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the importance of community?” and “What are the effects of prejudice?”

Ways to support your child:


Prompts for Deepening Comprehension

Connecting to Previous Experience

  • What do you already know about this topic?
  • How does the information in this text fit with what you already know?
  • What have you experienced that helps you understand this topic?
  • What does this text make you think or wonder about?
  • What surprised you?
  • How does this text remind you of other texts you have studied?
  • Does this text provide information that you personally find useful?
  • Why did the text creator think this subject was important?
  • From this text, what did you learn about life, about different places, about history, about science, about religion, and so on?

Extending Meaning

  • What is the text creator’s message?
  • What is the text really about?
  • Do you think the title is appropriate?
  • Why do you think this text was created?
  • Are different points of view presented?
  • What are some of the most important ideas?
  • Were there parts of the text you didn’t understand?
  • What questions do you still have?
  • What does the text make you want to learn more about?
  • What lessons does the text teach about life?
  • Does the style work well?
  • What was more important: the plot or the characters?

Considering Setting, Time, and Mood

  • Where and when does the story take place?
  • Where else could the story take place?
  • Could the setting be a real place that exists now?
  • How much time passes in the story?
  • In any other time or place, how would the story change?
  • How did the text creator control the passing of time?
  • Does the setting change over the person’s life?
  • What was the mood or atmosphere of the story?
  • If a friend planned to study this text, what music would you recommend as appropriate?

Talking about Characters

  • Are there any powerful characters in the text? What makes them that way?
  • Who is the most important character?
  • Who is the most interesting character?
  • Which character taught you the most?
  • How does the text creator reveal the character?
  • Which characters changed and which didn’t?
  • Who is a character that plays a small but necessary role?
  • What did you learn from a character in the text?