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Common Core Skill-Based Literacy Learning Stations for Grades 6 - 8: Three complete, ready-to-go centers that help students sharpen three key middle school literacy skills: story arc & plot, figurative language (+ theme), & first and third person perspective.
WHAT ARE LEARNING CENTERS?
Centers are a powerful method of instruction which allows for intensive content and skill knowledge while also maximizing student collaboration and independence. Typically, centers are organized in baskets or some other receptacle (in some cases, this might be a cluster of laptops or a desktop computer), spread around the room. Students go to a center with a small group of other students. At each center there is a task card, which lets students know the work they can do at that center. Any additional materials are also provided. Students typically rotate through centers so that by the end of a set time period (a few weeks, a few days of a period) they will have visited most if not all of the centers.
WHY SHOULD I USE LEARNING CENTERS?
Centers are a highly engaging way to dump a lot of content or skill knowledge in a short amount of time, while also freeing the teacher up to do focused small group work or coaching into the content. These centers were created with the goal of teaching students some terminology around author’s craft in narrative, and give them opportunities to practice analyzing author’s craft.
Included in this document are three ready-made centers that will help students engage students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking around three major middle school literacy skills: plot & story arcs, figurative language (with a hint of theme), and perspective (specifically, first and third person perspective).
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THESE LEARNING CENTERS?
To prepare for these centers, simply print out the overview pages - a few for each center - & a copy of the task card for each student. Finally, you will need to procure and provide copies of the related texts for each center (see table of contents for centers 1 & 2 for details).