I structure each exercise product as follows in the lesson plan:
Direct Instruction/Guided Practice:
• Whether it’s the first problem/question or an example, I set up a scenario where the instructor models the behavior expected of the students during the activity (show them what they need to do by doing it, basically).
• Then, have the students either work in pairs, or groups no larger than three, to complete the guided practice. I have found that sticking to a 5-minute time limit works best.
• Reconvene the whole-class and check for accuracy when time expires.
• Next, have the students complete the independent activity, which is similar in directions as the guided practice, independently or with the partner or group they worked with during the guided practice—facilitate students who need assistance with the assignment. Ten-minutes is the recommended length of completion.
• Once the independent practice time has expired, instruct students to complete the assessment independently. I recommend attaching a test/quiz grade to the assignment, and a 10-minute time limit.
One of the first lessons I taught in this workshop is this power point presentation, though I had to write out the notes on overhead projector transparencies (I'm showing my age). This power point presentation starts with the backbone of effective writing—noun clauses, adjective clauses, and adverb clauses.
This activity meets the following Common Core State Standards:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1a Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
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