This chart was created to help students form a topic sentence for analysis. This chart was created with literature in mine, but could be modified to work with informational text as well. The fourth graders (the first grade that has this standard) that worked on this chart had never analyzed written to analyze literature. Most of their writing about books… 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 →
I love free resources. I particularly love when they are simple to use! I recently discovered ReadWorks and their database of over 100 K-8 passages. While this is not a silver bullet to solve the ongoing quest for leveled informational text, this is a great place to start. So, how can you use these passages? I am not a fan of… Read more →
Theme and main/ central idea are the two different terms used in the Anchor Reading Standard 2. While different terms, both get at the same core concept: message. What does the author want the reader to take away? This is confusing for students and most adults. Teaching it as two different concepts is challenging. So how do introduce these concepts?… 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.
I am a big proponent that the basic (less than 10) reading standards have to be introduced EXPLICITLY. I always stick with the I do, we do, you do model. My routine is pretty basic and repetitive. I use an anticipatory set or engaging intro, connect the skill to something the kids already know, then model how to use the… Read more →