As we continue our narrative unit in class, I added something new today with the 7th graders. I typically spend 2-3 days on a short story. I use our literature book for the short stories and poems as a prelude to reading a larger work such as a novel. The 7th graders already read “The Fan Club” as homework at the end of last week. Today, I wanted to have the 7th graders practice their listening skills and, as a teacher, I feel it was important to cater to my auditory learners. So, the students opened their books, I plugged the CD into the computer and they listened away. I did require them to follow along in their books and gave them a few focus questions so they were listening and reading for a purpose. Afterword, we discussed the story a bit more an moved on to a writing handout I had for them. When I decided to do this particular activity for the 7th graders, I assumed with my knowledge of the CCSS, listening to the story covered a speaking & listening standard. Though it may be a stretch, I believe I have covered standard SL.7.2.
- Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
I really like this excerpt about new technologies and the CCSS.
- New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication. The Internet has accelerated the speed at which connections between speaking, listening, reading, and writing can be made, requiring that students be ready to use these modalities nearly simultaneously. Technology itself is changing quickly, creating a new urgency for students to be adaptable in response to change ( Information taken from the mastery connect website about the CCSS).
Today I went through some guided practice with Article of the Week for my 8th graders. Last year I tried to introduce article of the week, something I found from reading Kelly Gallagher’s Readacide. It flopped last year, not because of what the students did, but because I failed to follow through and assign it. It won’t happen this year. I am also more organized by providing a guide to the students to use when they are doing article of the week (I can direct anyone to sites where teachers have created guides or if you want my guide, let me know). I reminded my 8th graders the importance of reading informational text and stepping outside of their bubble. In class we went over the guide to completing article of the week and then I had the students read the article once without doing anything but read. Then, I had them decode the text and make notes in the margin so they demonstrated closer reading. In the end the students will need to write about the article. For example, they need to give me a brief summary, who was the intended audience, what was the author’s purpose, and what was their opinion about the article. I give the students one week to complete the article and I try to return it within a couple of days. I told the students I will post the articles for them to retrieve on Schoology. If students can not get access to the article, I can print it off for them. I also have the guidelines posted to the site as well. You can get articles on Kelly Gallagher’s resource page. With the students doing article of the week I am covering the following standards:
- RIT.8.6 – Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
- RIT.8.2 – Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
- RIT.8.3 – Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Tomorrow I am introducing my 8th graders to Youth Voices. In addition, my 7th graders are doing their Wordles and I need to start getting student’s Gmail up and running for the use of Google Drive.
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