This lesson plan goes with the Sleuth magazine component of the new reading series, Reading Street, by Pearson. The article referenced is not included in this download.
Included in this download are the Sleuth Lesson Plan, Student Note-taking sheet, Writing Graphic Organizer, and Exemplar Written Response Answer for "The Big Move"
Grade 5, Unit 4 Week 4, Main Selection The Storm Giovanni Club
This individual lesson is also in the Unit bundle.
Many teachers are under the wrong assumption that the writing portion of Sleuth called “Make Your Case” is an opinion writing in which students “get” to choose which side to support. It is not. It is analytical/argumentative writing, which means the text chosen has been specifically chosen for its slant on an issue and the prompt requires the students to analyze the text evidence enough to “see” the slant and present it as their answer. This is a task that requires a high level of critical thinking and a process that many of our students need support in order to “get.” These graphic organizers will help students extract the correct facts from the article in order to lead them to the correct written response to the prompt. Without these graphic organizers, many students are not being “taught” how to answer analytical/argumentative writing prompts and left asking, “Huh?”
Did you know that Sleuth has the potential to be the biggest weapon in your arsenal for amazing test scores? Sleuth can have a huge impact on your students’ ability to think critically…if it’s taught correctly.
In this download you get:
1. Explanation page on "What is Analytical Writing?"
2. 2 page lesson plan on how to teach Sleuth.
3. Blank "Make Your Case" student graphic organizer for students to take notes and learn how to analyze information (the analyzing part) and ANSWERS
4. Blank student writing graphic organizer for students to organizer their written responses (the organizing part) and ANSWERS
5. An exemplar written response answer, color-coded by main ideas
These components are needed because, we can’t just ask students higher level questions, we have to teach them how to think through them in order to arrive at the answer.
I have 20 years of writing training and elementary teaching under my belt. I have spent hundreds of hours perfecting these lessons so that you don’t have to. The problem with Sleuth is that in order to teach it correctly, it would take one teachers hours of prep time for each article... probably more prep time than a teacher has to spend on just one of many lessons for the week. I've done all the hard work for you. Most teachers can actually teach off the cuff with these handy papers by their side and in their students’ hands. Try them and see if my 20 years of writing training and teaching experience help you come off looking like the pro.
Due to its challenging and cognitively complex tasks, Sleuth actually has the potential to be the biggest weapon in your arsenal for amazing test scores. The graphic organizers and answer key included in this download are individualized for THIS PARTICULAR ARTICLE. This download will help you get the most out of every minute you spend teaching Sleuth, help your lessons flow smoothly, and give your students the solid background they need to become experts in analytical/argumentative writing at the elementary level. Do this weekly, and your students will never look and think about words on a page the same. Keep these resources a secret if you want to blow everyone’s test scores away, or share with your colleagues and make friends forever.