Pirates, Ahoy!: Creating Anchor Charts to Model Reading Standard 9

Pirates, Ahoy!: Creating Anchor Charts to Model Reading Standard 9

Working with reading standard 9 is a challenge for elementary school students. The goal of this standard is to learn how to gather information from more than one source to learn more about a topic. As with all good instruction, this requires think-aloud modeling and multiple modeling sessions. As I worked with a group of third graders this month, I… Read more →

Thinking About Main Idea: Anchor Chart

Thinking About Main Idea: Anchor Chart

Introducing this chart: While terms like main, big, or central make sense to teachers, these terms remain elusive and vague to many students. This fun chart just asks variations of the same question in different ways. When you use this with your students, you will find that they all will find one question that resonates with them. I always find… Read more →

Stepping up the Evidence! 3-8 Anchor Chart

Stepping up the Evidence! 3-8 Anchor Chart

This chart typically becomes a staple in the classrooms that I work with. This is the jumping off point to begin the discussion about close reading and the notion that reading is more than just decoding, it is about thinking. This supports the idea of comprehension and interaction with the text. Target Grade Levels: This chart works well for all… Read more →

Informational text standard:9 Graphic Organizer

Paired Texts Required: Making Sense of Informational Text Standard 9 (Multiple Sources)

The Multiple Sources informational text standard requires elementary school students to examine two or more texts on the same topic.  Students don’t necessarily have to find these sources, as we do with some research standards. The focus here is on analysis. Students are expected to analyze how those sources present information. This includes an analysis of the content, presentation, and word choices…. Read more →

Interactive Anchor Charts for Teaching Text Structure (standard 5)

Interactive Anchor Charts for Teaching Text Structure (standard 5)

Yesterday, I posted about the different types of text features that students will explore under standard 5. Today, I want to share a lesson that I like to do when digging a bit deeper into text structures with elementary school students. I hope it is useful! As always, I have included the anchor chart that we made with this lesson…. Read more →