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Student Sheets/Close Reading Unit 3 Wk 4 Main Selection Eye of the Storm

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Student sheets & Close Reading questions for Unit 3 Week 4 Eye of the Storm, Pearson Common Core 2013

This download includes 3 days worth of student sheets to go along with the main selection "Eye of the Storm" + 1 Independent Activity on Firsthand and Secondhand accounts.

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, and reading series take a long time to make. Even though the book says Common Core, 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?

Day 1
Word study-Root words
Genre introduction/Story prediction
Skill of the week introduction (Text Structure Cause/Effect)
Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts lesson

Day 2-3
Close reading questions on a student-friendly template ensuring improved student participation and student accountability. Questions are written in a variety of thought-provoking format (some questions even have multiple answers) in order to better prepare students for new standardized testing.

Independent Activity on firsthand and Secondhand Accounts
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3 days
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