This resource was designed for middle school and high school students who are reading at a primary grade level. ELL students and Special Needs students will benefit from this differentiated resource.
The pedagogical premise of using PASSages Song Lyrics’ resources for middle and high school students is based on the core importance of the five areas of reading: vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, and fluency. These areas are usually developed by the time students are in high school. They are reading to learn and not learning to read at this point. Although, there are many students that have not mastered the five areas of reading by the time they arrive in high school, either due to cognitive, behavioral, poverty or second language acquisition issues.
PASSages provides a teacher with a resource that targets the most crucial areas of reading. The students that are the target audience for this resource are reading on a primary grade level. The lyrics that are used are taken from a song that is written on a primary reading level but have an interest level for older students. The song is easy to read but is infused with a rich vocabulary. Vocabulary that is found on high school PARCC and SAT exams.
The resource provides the teacher with templates that are differentiated for the various levels of proficiency the students are functioning on in language. English Language Proficiency levels are noted at the bottom of each template. This allows the teacher to choose either comfort zone work or work that challenges the zone of proximity.
The main focus of this resource is to build vocabulary. Vocabulary is the key area to build for academic success. The goal is to build strong personal lexicons for the students at a fast rate. PASSages’ resources provides a great way for the teacher to present material as “comprehensible input in a low anxiety setting”. This is a key methodology for the successful teaching of language skills. (S,Krashen-Linguist)
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