Reading Lessons ~ Doctor Who & the Doctors of Reading Meet Marzano & Common Core

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As Plato said more than 2,000 years ago, we need to teach our children in a way that is both fun and exciting. Isn’t that why kids will play video games until they have learned how to master every level?

Teaching a child the Common Core standard to be able to identify the:
who, what, where, when, how and why of a story in the traditional way isn’t that exciting.

But if you add an amusing character like Doctor Who of the famous British television series, this once drab learning goal becomes very exciting and effective.

And it will motivate your students to work at it until they have mastered every aspect, because in this lesson they aren’t just working, they’re working by creating!

Standards are covered for Reading in Literature for Grades K-5. Both the Perspective Analysis and Jigsaw Strategies are explained and used in this lesson.

This allows you to meet your students where they are; below, at or above grade level, and take them to where they could be; at or above grade level.

FOR THE TEACHER REQUIRED TO APPLY MARZANO’S STRATEGIES, THIS LESSON FOCUSES ON THREE FACETS:
1. Domain: 2 ~ Planning and Preparing

2. Design Question: What will I do to help students effectively interact with new knowledge?

3. Elements:
Element 1: What do I typically do to provide clear learning goals and scales?
Element 2: What do I typically do to track student progress?
Element 3: What do I typically do to celebrate success?
Element 5: What do I typically do to organize the physical layout of the classroom?
Element 10: What do I typically do to help students process new information?

SUCCESS!
I tried this in my 2nd grade classroom and after four days the results were as follows:

100% of students started out below grade level at Level 1 based on the pre-assessment

Based on the post-assessment four days later:

100% grew by at least one level from Level 1 to Level 2 (16 students)
88% showed 2 levels of learning gains of becoming on grade level to Level 3 (14 students)
50% scored 3 levels of learning on the Learning Scale at Level 4 (8 students)
44% could identify the key ideas and details at a 3rd grade level (7 students)
38% could identify the key ideas and details at a 4th grade level (6 students)
31% could identify the key ideas and details at a 5th grade level (5 students)

In addition to this possible extraordinary growth, your students will also get invaluable experience practicing the digital skills that will help make them successful in the workforce upon graduation.

In this lesson they will make their own PowerPoint presentations
of their stories using The Doctors of Reading.

Subject Area: CCSS: English Language Arts

Strand: Reading Standards for Literature

Cluster: Key Ideas and Details

Standards Covered
Kindergarten: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. (LACC.K.RL.1.1)

1st Grade: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. (LACC.1.RL.1.1)

2nd Grade: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.(LACC.2.RL.1.1 )

3rd Grade: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. (LACC.3.RL.1.1)

4th Grade: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (LACC.4.RL.1.1)

5th Grade: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (LACC.5.RL.1.1)


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Reading Lessons ~ Doctor Who & the Doctors of Reading Meet
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Reading Lessons ~ Doctor Who & the Doctors of Reading Meet
Reading Lessons ~ Doctor Who & the Doctors of Reading Meet