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Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups: Reading, Writing Process, and Vocabulary Study

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
Formats Included
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125 pages
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Actively engage your students with this integrated three-week unit! "The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups" is the perfect text for intermediate students with the author's use of high-level vocabulary, double meanings, and humor. Each story reveals the "truth" behind everyday rules in the most ridiculous manner imaginable. This text inspires students to write! Students will explore reading concepts including summarizing with one-sentence summaries, author's purpose, text structure, explicit vocabulary instruction, and more while completing the writing process using multiple cooperative structures.

What's Included?
100+ PowerPoint slides with presenter notes
25-page “Top Secret” Writer’s booklet
3 week of lesson plans
7 cooperative structures introduced and reinforced
Explicit vocabulary instruction (6 words)= FUN!
Six-stage writing process introduced
Peer editing practice
Opportunities for conferencing
3 weekly assessments
Writing rubric

A Typical Day...
Cooperative structure introduction
One-sentence summary of previous story using cooperative structure
Read aloud new story
Analyze writer’s techniques
Model writing process step
Independent writing time/conferences
Explicit vocabulary instruction lesson- your kids will look forward to this!
Frayer model independent review

Actively engaged students, all levels
Introduces the writing process in a meaningful way
Encourage students to love words
Great display for parent nights or interactive reading center
Builds classroom community through cooperative structures
Perfect anchor lessons for busy beginning of the year or end of the year months


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Total Pages
125 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).


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