Strategies, ideas, and instructional guidelines for helping readers develop a deep understanding of the texts that they read
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
The anchor text for my Cinderella Unit, the 1812 version of Cinderella by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, is challenging, but the content is engaging. I have found that students put more effort into reading challenging text if the topics are engaging. Fairy tales, originally meant for adults, intrigue middle school students. This post includes a download of a SMART Board predictogram activity.
A Socratic Seminar allows students to shine while deeply increasing comprehension. Learning about this methodology changed my perspective on teaching and also allowed me to secure a highly successful observation. Several videos, support tools, and a detailed lesson plan are included.
Howard Gardner suggests that intelligence encompasses several different components, one of which is music. I use music in my classroom to manage the day and to tap into the talents of those students who are high on the musical intelligence spectrum. One way to engage these students in reading is to use lyrics to teach the difference between the literal and beyond literal meaning of texts.
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Even for upper grade students, Dr. Seuss can help teach the fantastic power of symbolism while reading. Classic books develop a deeper meaning for us as we grow older and gain life experience -- older students can read his books with new eyes. Who would have figured that Yertle the Turtle represents Adolph Hitler? Discover lesson possibilities, book suggestions, photos, and anchor charts in this blog post.
When students read or listen to non-fiction, they must locate details that pertain to the main idea of the selection. Whenever we study a new unit in class, we rely on our prior knowledge and use focus questions as well as text features to help "set the purpose" for what we are preparing to read. This week's entry about locating the main idea and supporting details in a selection will help your students work on the most important skill in reading.
It is crucial that we expose our students to nonfiction texts as often as possible. This month I share resources for teaching nonfiction reading concepts, including posters, links to great Web sites and articles, printables, an exciting new way to make current events interactive, and much more!
Some critics claim that interactive whiteboards (IWBs) are glorified, expensive projectors. I suppose they are, if they are used as a presentation tool and not as a learning tool that requires student interaction. There are effective ways of implementing an IWB into reading and writing without a lot of time or technological skills.