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 →
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 →
There are two different skills included in the Word Play standard. The first deals with word meaning and the second deals with the impact of the word choice.The first skill for each grade level standard asks that students determine the meaning of words. This means that students need to have some instruction in context clues and the practice of noting… Read more →
Free. Say it out loud. I like the sound of it (as all teachers do). When looking for Common Core Informational Text materials that word means even more. One of the standards that I am excited about is Informational Text standard 7. This asks students to look at text as inclusive of audio, video, images, and more! I found a… Read more →