I begin each week by introducing the concept and creating some sort of anchor chart with the students. These anchor charts become something we refer to each day the rest of the week. They really help to cement the ideas for the students and are a key to the actual learning of the concept.
Day one is basically a concept introduction. Day two is when we interact with the concept. Usually I give the students some sort of short story or a series of one sentence plot summaries to help demonstrate the concept. Sometimes I even have them use the reading passages that we are using in class. But the second day is when the kids really interact with the concept.
On day three, the students are much more invested and knowledgeable about the literary concept that they are learning. This is when I have them work on their own to show the literary element in the reading passages. This is when they usually have to dig into the text we are reading and find evidence of the literary element. They might have to draw a picture of the setting, citing the evidence from the text as to how they knew about the setting. Or they may have to read the story we are working on and pull out quotes that signify the theme.
Doing these 5 day long sessions has really really REALLY helped my students understand the literary concepts that I have been teaching. What is even better, is that my students are engaged in the lessons! I only teach 20 minutes a day. That is it. So the kids are focused, they learn, and they APPLY the learning. I have seen such success with this model!
Is this something you think you could do as well? Have you been doing a 5 day format in your room? What are some advantages you have seen?
here. They really, honestly, and truly have made a difference in my classroom....and I hope they will in yours too.