We created this product as a way to help teach the skills, strategy, writing, and vocabulary for the week using the Anthology Story and the Weekly Writing Trait. The week is jammed packed full of concepts and it is easy for some to get lost. We wanted a systematic lesson plan for each week. This product also helps to identify students who need review or small group help to reinforce the concepts.
We love graphic organizers!! Graphic organizers give students a lot of information to work with. The student can eliminate non-essential elements, leaving key facts to be incorporated into the assignment. Graphic organizers clear out the clutter and effective use can result in cleaner, more readable writing.
1. Vocabulary: Directed by the teacher, students can write the page number where they found the word, definitions, synonyms, antonyms, use the word in a sentence, or illustrate the word. Teachers can also use their own vocabulary ideas.
2. Predicting Activities: Picture Walk: Provided are detailed directions on how to complete a picture walk with students. Picture walks can be completed with all fiction stories.
For nonfiction stories there is either a KWL Chart or a Meet My Expectation activity. KWL charts are graphic organizers that help students organize information before, during, and after a unit or a lesson.
Meet my Expectation activity helps students to know what to expect from the story before they begin reading it. This helps to increase predicting skills, comprehension, and understanding of vocabulary.
3. Skill Check: Instead of orally discussing the entire Anthology Story, use the printable and write questions on the lines for students to answer. We teach the first part of the story to model and then have students respond to 2 questions using the graphic organizer. We use the questions in the margin of the Teacher's Edition or you can create new questions.
4. Respond to Reading: Students Respond to Reading answering comprehension questions for the Anthology Story. Students are required to Identify and Cite Text Evidence.
5. Exit Ticket: This checks to see if students understand the skill and strategy taught for the week. Students need to write the definition of the skill in their own words and also find an example from the story. Then write a strategy example from the story.
6. Writing: Each week has a graphic organizer for students to write a rough draft using the weekly Writing Entry. There are two each week. One is found on Day 1 and the other is found on Day 3 in the program. Teachers can choose to use one, both or create their own Writing Entry. The writing trait is reviewed on a sticky note so students know what the focus is when they write. There is lined paper for students to write a final draft.