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I've taught struggling readers from 7th-12th grade students using these notes and graphic organizers.
You may differentiate your notes from using 1 page, multiple pages, or pages with images based on your students' needs.
This lesson was given to a self-contained English class, so I had to differentiate the tasks in various ways (using images, using just one page, using multiple pages).
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to understand the different types of context clues and be able to apply some of the strategies using the graphic organizer (breaking the task down to manageable parts) to help them figure out unknown words in the future.
I've included a blank page for any unknown word for student to complete at a later time or for your future lesson using the same strategies from this lesson.
This lesson should be built as a parallel lesson with whatever text you are teaching and you are trying to teach the students how to use context clues to learn about the unknown words. You can use the do now for 5 day and each type of context clues for each day which is a total of 4 days of notes.
Transitional phrases, Transitions, Relationships
This lesson will teach students about the use of transitions and patterns of organization to show relationships and make their ideas clear.. It can be used in several different ways. a) As notes for students, b) As a collaborative learning while doing a sorting activity, c) As guided practice with each paragraph of each relationship (#1 - #6), or d) As guided practice with another text.
1. Guided Notes
First, print the guided notes for students to follow along. The sorting activity will need more prep work such as selecting some of the words from each relationship so they won’t be too overwhelming for students.
2. Collaborative Learning
1. Print the title pages (Addition, Time, Illustration, Compare, Contrast, Cause and Effect)
2. Cut out some words from each category
3. Ask each team of students to sort based on the relationship
4. Come together and check before starting to glue them down
* You can also use colored butcher paper to use as class anchor charts.
3. Practice using paragraphs
1. You may select one relationship per week to focus on.
2. Once you have selected the relationship, you can take a look at which
paragraph number you would use to guide your students.
3. You may begin by reading it together in class or have students read
silently and have them figure out which pattern of organization of the
4. Once they have selected the pattern of organization, then you may ask
them to find the transition words that introduce one of the major details of the paragraph.
4. Project Based Learning
1. Cut out the paragraph
2. Add the transitional words and questions onto a colored butcher paper
3. You may have students presenting their ideas in class.
I have used these lessons to prepare my students for standardized tests such as NWEA and SAT Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas Portion.
Have fun teaching! Older students still enjoy these graphic organizers. The texts I have used are all informational texts or non-fiction.
Topics of the text:
1. Saying something we regret (social/emotional)
2. Evaporation (science)
3. Shopping and Data Collection (research)
4. Domestic cats and wild cats (Most kids love cats!)
5. Parents and their student's outcome
6. Parents/Social Acceptance (Many of my kids had social emotional problems around parents splitting up; this topic might help them think about the reasons to why their parents might choose to split up; social emotional)
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3. A comma splice (CS), a run-on sentence (RO), or a fused sentence (FS).
4. You can use this to build confidence in your students. I had my 11th graders sort these in a group of 4 and they loved the activity.
You would need two larger papers for students to sort these. The closing activity could be have each group go through each one whether the statement is from someone with a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
Purpose: Students will learn about routines and expectations. The sorting activity should allow for team building and collaboration among students. The assessment will allow for teachers to check for their understanding of the lesson.
How to Teach this Lesson: