- Demonstrate the ability to read independently for extended periods of time in order to derive pleasure and to gain information.
- Make connections between a text read independently and their prior knowledge, other texts, and the world.
- Summarize, paraphrase, analyze, and evaluate what they read.
- Use graphic representations such as charts, graphs, pictures, and graphic organizers as information sources and as a means of organizing information and events logically.
- Use skimming and scanning techniques.
- Detect bias and identify propaganda techniques.
- Analyze an author’s use of static, dynamic, round, and flat characters; the structural elements of plot; flashback and foreshadowing; and point-of-view and tone.
- Identify the speaker in a literary work and recognize the difference between first- and third-person narration and between the omniscient and limited omniscient points-of-view.
- Determine pronunciation, meanings, alternate word choices, parts of speech, or the etymologies of words by using a dictionary and a thesaurus.
- Revise writing for clarity, sentence variety, precise vocabulary, and effective phrasing through collaboration, conferencing, and self-evaluation.
- Write and publish in a variety of formats.
- Continue using keyboarding skills to produce texts.
- Listen to recorded information as a member of a group.
- Use a variety of resources, including technology, to access information.
- Present their research findings in a variety of formats.
The Group Newspaper Project
Presents a lesson that encourages students to do independent reading of the book Dragonwings and use it to spark further research and analysis, improve vocabulary, and deepen character analysis.
3 CLASS PERIODS
Features a lesson that promotes independent reading and sharpens students vocabulary and literary analysis skills through close, guided examination of text, the creation of graphic organizers, and related research.
5 CLASS PERIODS
Suggests a literary response exercise. Students independently read Dragonwings and write a newspaper page that depicts events from the story.