Students seem to understand that narratives warrant rich, vivid, sensory language. Likewise, students recognize the argumentative nature of opinion writing and associate that with strong details and illustrative examples. When it comes to informative/ explanatory writing, students suddenly seem compelled to write in a sterile fashion. For some reason, the shift to informational writing results in papers filled with lots… Read more →
Overview: This type of anchor chart might be my favorite to use with students. This is such an effective visual to help students compare two texts. The interactive nature of the chart also makes it reusable with multiple texts. Author & Genre Study: For this particular chart, we were comparing The BFG and The Twits as part of a larger… Read more →
One of the big challenges for students is being able to understand what “develop” means in reference to a text. These five simple questions encourage students to consider not just the main/central ideas, but the supporting details, how the ideas evolved over time, and what messages may have been woven throughout. Introduce this to your students by presenting the blank… Read more →
Students always hear that they should explain what they read. This is often referred to as summarizing, retelling, or recounting the text. It is important to differentiate between summarizing and analysis. Students are expected to learn how to objectively summarize text when working with Standard 2. There is a strong focus on retelling the important details, while maintaining objectivity. Standard… Read more →
This fun chart can be the foundation for students in each grade level. The anchor standard explicitly states that students should analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. At first glance this seems simple. The problem is that, after reading a text, many students struggle to even define or classify… 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.
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 →