If your class is anything like mine, you most likely have a group of very diverse learners! Whether I am instructing through a Reading Workshop or Novel Study format, I use anchor charts as a learning tool for both teacher modeling & student led discussions.
I've found that hanging up my anchor charts at eye level allows my readers to access the information at any time- but having 20+ kids huddled around one anchor chart isn't ideal. So I've created mini digital versions of reading anchors for students to glue into their journals during a mini lesson. These anchors are NOT complete- meaning, they serve as a "stop and jot" for my students AND as a center activity.
If you do not plan on using these as "mini anchors" for your students, I would suggest having these various journal organizers available during a R.E.A.D. center.
This includes "mini" student anchors for reading journals. I have these anchors located near my resource table so that if students are working in a small group and are in need of an organizer, they can access this at any time, not just during a mini lesson.
I refer to these inserts and checklists as reading brain "tools." My goal is that throughout the year my readers use these tools when dissecting various texts. I hope that by the end of the year they have established such routines that they may not need to refer to a "checklist" when understanding concepts such as theme, main idea, and so on.
This includes the following student anchors *please know there are different versions of each along with teacher suggestions:
- Notice & note
- Character & Setting
- F.A.S.T. (feelings, actions, says, thoughts) character analysis
- Theme checklist
- Main Idea checklist
- Main Idea
- Two main idea passage inserts (Sacagawea and Oranges)
- Point of View checklist
- Point of view
- Nonfiction compare & contrast checklist
- RACE (using evidence from a text, restate + answer + cite + explain) checklist
- Checklist "toolkit" covers in three sizes