Nonfiction

Text Features are important to teach in the Content Area

Students struggle using text features when reading expository text. We need to provide students the tools to understand what they are reading. How do we do that? We use text features to guide their thinking and improve their understanding. Text Features help teach Vocabulary Vocabulary is critical in the content area. Text features for vocabulary… Continue reading Text Features are important to teach in the Content Area

pre-reading-activities
Fiction, Nonfiction

Pre-reading Activities that Support Comprehension

Pre-reading activities help the students prepare before reading. Like most things we do, planning happens first. Gardening, scrapbooking, and cooking all require planning. Reading is no different. What are some activities that would help students get ready to read? When planning activities before reading, you need to consider the students' background on the text. Ask… Continue reading Pre-reading Activities that Support Comprehension

Fiction, Nonfiction

Graphic Organizer Templates that Save Time

What is a graphic organizer template? A graphic organizer templates is a template that is organizes ideas from what was read or learned. Graphic organizer templates include the following: Concept Map / Character MapPlot Map (characters and setting, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)Four Square Organizer (vocabulary, main idea/details, character analysis)Two Column Notes (quote/meaning, main… Continue reading Graphic Organizer Templates that Save Time

reading-strategies
Fiction, Nonfiction

Reading Strategies Make Active Readers

Reading strategies support comprehension in reading. They help scaffold the students' thinking, reading, note-taking skills, and writing. Reading 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 chart to… Continue reading Reading Strategies Make Active Readers

literature-circle-jobs
Fiction, Nonfiction, Student Centered

Flexible Literature Circles Jobs 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 Jobs can Empower Students