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 →
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 →
Students in third through fifth grade have probably spent several years learning about narrative structure. As they begin to learn more about informational text, they have to reframe how they think about text because informational text can be nonlinear. This means that it does not have to be read in the same way by everyone. Readers can “enter” the text… Read more →
Your students will love using the Quote It! graphic organizer! Find more graphic organizers, suggested text lists, and more in The Common Core Guidebook, 6-8: Informational Text Lessons available on Amazon.
Judy Blume. Beverly Cleary. Roald Dahl. Francine Pascal. Ann Martin. As a child,those five authors dominated my reading lists. I loved the imagery that Dahl used to create fantastical characters. Cleary and Blume both delighted me with their uncanny awareness of what I, as a child, thought and understood. Pascal enticed me into a world of tween drama. Ann Martin made me want… Read more →
I hope everyone had a relaxing summer! I took a nice break from blogging to just enjoy life a bit and to develop and deliver new workshops. This summer I got a chance to work with hundreds of teachers! We did everything from deconstructing standards to analyzing formative assessment data. I had fun working with teams of teachers to develop effective, engaging… Read more →
Introduce Different Viewpoints I begin this type of lesson with a discussion of movies and television shows. I casually lead a discussion about what television series or movies the students like or dislike. There will always be different points of view about this topic. Select 3-4 trailers to show your students. Select trailers that students will have diverse opinions about…. Read more →
If you are struggling with Standard 3: Connections & Relationships, consider explicitly introducting the seven major types of relationships independently. I like to start with one person that influences a big event. Students will inevitably have read or heard these types of stories or events. Create an anchor chart based on books that they have read about people who are… Read more →