|Click on the picture and you can get this form to use in your class.|
Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading , Contrasts and Contradictions. We also used the AWESOME work of Jennifer Findley for homework. I really am loving these Weekly Homework packets she has. (I linked to the actual one that I used this week.) It isn't anything new as far as strategy goes, but it is clear, to the point, and gets the kids working on close reading in an easy, concise, managable way. Basically, it takes what I was already doing in comprehension, and gears is more towards this "new" open-ended way of assessing. By the end of the week, through everything we were doing in class, my students were actually QUOTING THE TEXT!!!! Not just paraphrasing, but quoting. Makes my heart happy thinking about it.
|This is Jen Findley's work pages. They really helped to get us started with "Close Reading" and getting evidence from the text.|
|This is from our morning work. You can see that by Thursday, they were quoting the text in support of their answers on their own!!!|
Jen Runde for the suggestion of Among the Hidden. So far, the kids are intrigued), and have been presenting our Element Projects that came in to work on speaking and listening standards.
Phew...I am tired just thinking about all we did. :) What did you do this week? Hop on over to Doodlebugs Teaching to read about what others did this week in their rooms.