Close Reading Questions for Unit 3 Week 1 The Man Who Named the Clouds
Pearson Common Core, 2013
If you are teaching using this reading series,
1. You are NOT teaching all of the Common Core Standards, even though the cover of the book says Common Core.
2. All students are not being held accountable unless they are being exposed to the rigorous demands of Close Reading
3. Students are not being exposed to the new variety of questioning techniques like the ones that will appear on College and Career Readiness state tests.
1. This reading series was written BEFORE COMMON CORE standards were implemented, even though the book says Common Core. Since reading books take a long time to make, Common Core standard/numbers were inserted wherever they fit in after the book was already written. If you are a state that has adopted Common Core, or Florida, you are not hitting many of the Common Core standards using this text. Some of the missing standards in the ancillary materials are Author's Point of View, Greek and Latin Roots, Nuances in Words, Text Features, and Text Structure just to name a few. Use my download to help ensure you are hitting the additional missing standards.
2. All of the accompanying questions and suggestions for the main selection can only be found INSIDE the Teacher's Edition. This is a huge problem because it means that the teacher is the one doing all the work deciphering through which questions to ask and what activities to do. When it comes to the main selection in the fairly new reading series by Pearson 2013, I really feel it is the teacher who is doing all of the work. The new reading series is jam-packed with a lot of stuff for the teacher to use with the students before and after reading the main selection, however, Not only does that take a lot of prep time, how does the teacher know that the students are actually getting what they are supposed to out of the main selection?
3. If the teacher is not putting in a lot of prep time, students are hearing and answering only oral questions. How can this possibly help students prepare for rigorous state tests?
• Word study
• Genre introduction/Text prediction
• Skill of the week introduction: Text Structures
•Close reading questions on a student-friendly template ensuring improved student participation and student accountability. All questions are either labeled "Together" (a great teaching opportunity) or "Independent" (Somewhat lower level or more direct)
Extra Independent Activity: Text Evidence
This download includes 3 days worth of student sheets to go along with the main selection The Man Who Named the Clouds Use as you wish, then add vocabulary study, a paired text, or the weekly assessment to fill your other days.
If you just want a simple yet strong 30 minutes of CORE reading block, use these student support sheets. Some of what you'll find on my sheets is mentioned in the TE. The rest is to help align your instruction with the Common Core Standards.
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