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 "Charlotte's Space Travel"
Grade 5, Unit 5 Week 3, Talk with an Astronaut
This lesson plan is also in the Unit 5 bundle.
NOTE: The prompt for this article has been changed from one that requires NO text evidence to one that requires text evidence from this article.
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.”
In this download you get the 3 missing components for the "Make Your Case" analytical writing component for Sleuth individualized for this PARTICULAR lesson.
1. Blank "Make Your Case" student graphic organizer/note-taking sheet for students to learn how to extract the important evidence from the text. This organizer will help lead your students to the correct response (the analyzing part) WITH ANSWERS
2. Blank student writing graphic organizer for students to organizer their written responses (the organizing of text evidence) and ANSWERS
3. An exemplar written response answer, color-coded by main ideas so you don’t have to spend hours preping.
ALL good writing needs to contain precisely chosen information organized into a logical order. Without these graphic organizers, many students are not being “taught” how to answer analytical/argumentative writing prompts and left overwhelmed or clueless asking, “Huh?”
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. Reading over my lesson plan, answer sheets, and exemplar response will let you know ahead of time the direction to lead your students for each particular article. And, there's really no second guessing yourself during the lesson as the sheets have all the answers you'll need. It is my hope that this relieves some of the stress and pressure that teachers without this resource may be feeling. You are after all, trying to teach college-level writing to elementary students! I have felt from the start, and still stand by it, that what Sleuth requires of our students is beyond what their little minds are capable of. Without additional support, many of our students are left asking, “Huh?” Help has arrived.
Sleuth can have a huge impact on your students’ ability to think critically…if it’s taught correctly.
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.
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 let your colleagues know about them on TpT and make friends forever.