reading-strategies
Fiction, Nonfiction

Reading Strategies with a Laser-Focus

Reading strategies support comprehension in reading. They help scaffold the students' thinking, reading, note-taking skills, and writing. Reading Strategies for Fiction Fictional text is organized through the story structure. It is useful for students to describe the character by taking notes. To analyze the character, I use a web diagram and also a three column… Continue reading Reading Strategies with a Laser-Focus

literary-elements
Fiction

Literary Elements are the Structures to Fiction

Literary elements are the components of stories. Children have exposure to literary elements at a young age. What are literary elements? Setting, character, plot, mood, and theme are five examples. Setting is where the story takes place. I have students think about how the settings are relevant to the story. Let's use Little Red Riding… Continue reading Literary Elements are the Structures to Fiction

literature-circles
Fiction, Student Centered

Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students

Literature Circles are a great way to have student led discussions. Students get a sense of responsibility, accountability, and cooperation. How do I start literature circles? The discussion director is the role I like to start with. As I read and think aloud, I write down questions. I model thought provoking, open ended questions. There… Continue reading Flexible Literature Circles can Empower Students