Have you struggled with watching your English Language Learners, Special Populations, or even your mainstream students rush carelessly through the note-taking process...just to be "done"?
After having felt defeated, myself, by the loss of valuable class minutes, and watching my students feel defeated with limp and near-broken hands (along with blank stares), I decided to spice up the way I delivered instruction to my students: CLOZE notes.
The beauty of the Common Core (with regards to ELA) is that the students are only held accountable for knowing how to produce three different types of writing: expository (summary), argumentative, and narrative. However, they are required to have an incredible depth of understanding with regards to those styles, including author's purpose, craft, word choice, etc. This is the point where my students tell me they start to feel overwhelmed.
In an attempt to combat these feelings and encourage them as authors once again, I've developed these fill-in-the-blank notes to make the writing process seem less daunting to them. I've included several of the embedded concepts that these styles of writing demand within the note-taking process. What I've noticed is that when my students see a blank, signals fire off in their brain that the word or phrase is significant or academic language. Because they are writing less, they're more motivated to stay engaged and avoid a let-go from the get-go. I make front/back copies of the notes for my students, which they insert into the Interactive Language Arts Journal after we've finished the guided note-taking.
I've found these notes to be SUCH a productive use of my time and a successful resource in my sixth grade classroom. Included in this file, you'll receive:
-2 pages of Narrative Writing CLOZE Graphic Organizer Notes
-The accompanying Answer Guide to the Narrative Writing CLOZE Graphic Organizer Notes
- GCAST Narrative Brainstorming Worksheet (Black and White)
- GCAST Narrative Brainstorming Worksheet (Color)
- My lesson plan which incorporates this resource (so you can see it in action!)
I hope you find this resource helpful. If this works for you, please see my additional CLOZE Graphic Organizer Notes for Summary and Argumentative Writing, as well. :)