This “KWLA Chart” is appropriate for reading comprehension and writing instruction in grades 4th-8th. (Two materials, 1st-3rd and 4th-8th, are provided and can be purchased for diverse students and grade levels.)
The “KWLA Chart” material is unique, with four interactive formats. Student friendly mapping strategies can be used in the teaching of comprehending informational and nonfiction texts read and planning and organizing report essays to be written across the curriculum. Original genre pictures, created as an instructional model and by the teacher and students, provide visual support in understanding and utilizing the “KWLA Chart” to more effectively map, report, and write an essay about what students Know, Want to Know, Learned, and Feel or will Use. (The Affective and Applied column on the “KWLA Chart” is for a Feeling(s) and Use(s) of what students Learned about the nonfiction topic.)
Teacher Instructional Modeling and Student Copies are included. Four “KWLA Chart” formats engage diverse learners in using the KWLA strategies. The KWLA graphic organizer material is appropriate for teaching and reinforcing the Common Core English Language Arts Standards of Reading: Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, Language, History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects, and Writing referenced on page 11. Also referenced are topic appropriate videos, internet sources and texts on pages 12-13 to be used with the instructional modeling “energy resources” topic, teaching notes and lesson steps, student research, and “KWLA Chart” pages.
The selected “KWLA Chart” strategies of Know, Want to Know, Learned, and Affective and/or Applied can be a lesson focus. When taught, mastered, and applied, the strategies have lasting utility in activating the readers’ prior topic knowledge, explaining nonfiction and informational texts, comprehending these texts heard and read, and writing factual text and topic related essays on any subject and content area. With connecting and applying the KWLA strategies, picture examples, and the four mapped chart parts, watch your students’ text engagement, text understanding, mapping strategies of nonfiction and information texts, and ability to explain content topics, concepts, and write a report or essay improve!