30 October 2012
Homework for December 11th: Use a literacy / close-reading strategy (either Activation or Reflection) with at least one class and be ready to share your thoughts about it with colleagues. Take-away for today is a one-pager reminding you of strategies examined so far, but you can create your own if you like to add to our toolbox!
Common Core Standards in Reading: Some Clarifications
Strategy: Think Aloud with Partner (Practice with pauses in video: 1:20, 2:50, 4:03, 5:36, & end)
To help students keep track of what they are thinking--or IF they are thinking--while they are reading or watching, start by picking a short text and reading the first part out loud and modeling what the text makes you think about, what inner conversation your brain is having to work through that material. These would be comments, connections, inferences, questions, and reactions more than summarizing statements. Activation part of the strategy is this: Students can simply turn and talk, pair-share, at designated stopping points; or one student can "interview" the other, recording their partner's thoughts in writing. A wrap up pair or whole-class talk or activity can comprise the Reflection part of the close reading strategy.
Resource: EasyBib www.easybib.com
Research by its very nature gets students to practice close reading of nonfiction, one of the cornerstones of the Common Core. Research can be short min-quiries or longer projects, which don't all have to end in written products to grade. The county has purchased a premium subscription to this tool for which the name says it all: E-A-S-Y! Take a look at the site, register for an account. Find a website--Try the cool Research tab in EasyBib to see the most often cited websites on various topics! Database sources are pretty easy to cite here, too. Make a practice Works Cited (bibliography) with sources you find. Go to the "Notes and Outline" tab to make a new note from a source: Virtual note cards!