Teaching students to notice and connect their schema (prior knowledge) to what they read provides a foundation for students as they begin to learn and use the connections reading strategy.
This schema mini lesson…
• introduces students to the term schema.
• provides a student handout that asks students to think about the schema they have and invites students to document their schema as it changes throughout the course of the year. This handout is something students display and use in my classroom all year long!
• follows a reader’s workshop format by providing dialogue for a schema mini lesson that would precede silent reading time.
• suggests conferencing conversations that could be used during silent reading time to assess students’ schema use.
• includes a quick and easy assessment idea and example to be used post silent reading to ensure all students are using their schema.
• helps students to reach Common Core Standards by preparing them to make connections to specific examples in text.
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