Vocabulary Graphic Organizers
These graphic organizers are great for vocabulary because they allow for a deeper understanding of terms, promote an understanding of the connections between terms, and force students to connect terms within their context in the text. These graphic organizers are also great to use as assessments as an alternative to traditional true false and multiple choice style questions, which are typically phrased from the creator's perspective and often promote memorization. Alternative forms of assessments such as these allow for a much better lens to assess the students' true understanding.
Vocabulary Graphic Organizers
Use this graphic organizer with students as they combine evidence from multiple sources with their schema and connections to put the pieces together for SYNTHESIS.
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It's that time of year - reading benchmark assessments! Afterward, do a miscue analysis to further drive instruction:
When students are engaged in close reading, we need to provide tiered questions to guide the process. Here are steps for creating text dependent questions:
Writing Text Dependent Questions
Many of our literacy standards can be addressed in an ongoing manner, without waiting for a specific unit. Close reading is one of them. Teachers can address close reading strategies throughout the year in language arts as well as across the curriculum in subjects such as science, social studies and the related arts. The goal is to teach students how to read complex texts and synthesize that information with other sources by:
-having students read independently
-having students annotate
-modeling for students by reading aloud
-guiding students with tiered text dependent questions regarding key ideas and details, author's craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas - rereading in between each set of questions
-having students discuss their answers and their supporting evidence
Here's more information as well as resources on close reading - http://guidedreadingsbs.weebly.com/close-reading
Here is a poster of the steps for close reading for your classroom.
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Need some simple activities to include in your guided reading instruction? Here are a few…enjoy!
Linked here are anchor charts that will help guide your guided reading groups with "Within the Text," Beyond the Text," and "About the Text" questions. The "Writing About Reading" ideas are great to use during guided reading or as a writing center. http://middleschoolteachertoliteracycoach.blogspot.com/2013/01/guided-reading-anchor-charts-within.html?m=1
This is a free download of a Common Core Writing Menu using Six Traits.
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