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Poster - Concept Sort
Students work together to sort words or terms into categories based on their meanings.
Students define new words, sort them in to categories, and discuss reasoning.
This procedure poster indicates students’ four expected norms for Learning and Literacy Centers.
Use this poster to establish classroom procedure.
This lesson creates the opportunity to generate lists of synonyms to develop students’ word knowledge. This activity will also prompt the student speaker/writer to go beyond the most commonly used words an choose options that more precisely match their thoughts.
Students develop word knowledge and descriptive language.
In this activity, students analyze a popular children’s book, Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss, to determine the author’s claim or thesis statement.
Students practice identifying and writing claims (thesis statements). This also serves as a quick grammar review as students review the components of a complete sentence.
Reading TogetherIdentifing claimIdentifing central ideaTextual analysisTeacher-ledGrammar
Role Play Dinner Conversation
In this lesson, students will practice identifying the voice, intentions, and uniqueness of a fictional character. This creative learning opportunity allows students to express the voice of a character in their own words and creatively improvise situations that the author didn’t write.
Students will analyze how an author develops and contrast the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text. Students practice inferencing and citing evidence from a literary text.
InferencePoint of viewCiting evidenceCreative LearningImprovisationActive learning
In this activity, students analyze the organization of Horton Hears a Who, a popular children’s book by Dr. Seuss. They create a working outline of the thesis statement, major heading, minor headings and subpoints.
Students perform a close reading of a text and analyze text structure. They practice identifying claims (thesis statements), central ideas, and supporting evidence.
Reading TogetherIdentifing claimIdentifing central ideaCiting evidenceClose readingText structureTextual analysis
Role Play Diary Project
After reading a complete novel or short story, students practice identifying the voice and perspective of a character by writing and illustrating a diary from a character's perspective.
Identify the voice an perspective of a charager and express that character's thoughts in writing.
In this lesson, students will practice identifying the voice, intentions, and uniqueness of a fictional character. This activity can be used alone or followed by Role Play Dinner Conversation or Role Play Diary Project.
Students practice inferencing and citing evidence from a literary text. Students will prepare to analyze how an author develops and contrast the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Reading TogetherIndependent readingInferencePoint of viewCiting evidenceTextual analysis
Your and You're
In this mini-lesson, students learn or review the difference between "your" and "you're" by watching short online videos.
Distinguish between commonly confused words. Demonstrate command of standard English punctuation.
Pairs of students expand vocabulary by finding "replacement words" for overused expressions.
Effectively use descriptive language in varied writing contexts.