This was my first year teaching "Common Core." I am teaching common core reading to two different grade levels (1st and 2nd). Now, what I notice is that the Common Core for ELA is the same, which makes for some easy planning. BUT what I found confusing and complicated is that the vocabulary for things have changed. I am not sure about you - but I love hearing my kids use academic talk/language. So, instead of teaching "main idea" or "author's purpose" I began using what the Common Core uses, "central idea" and "main purpose of a text."
Now, when looking for resources to use to teach these concepts, everything I find has the word - MAIN IDEA or AUTHOR'S PURPOSE or SEQUENCE on it. Yes, that is fine... But that is not what my kids hear in the classroom. So - I had to created my own resources. I am so happy and proud of my universal comprehension graphic organizers. These can be used with any story teaching that skill (love these for Close Reading).
Description of Resource
This resource pack is a set of comprehension graphic organizers that use the vocabulary found in common core. This pack was created to use specifically with close reading (rereading the same text for different purposes). These graphic organizers are universal for any story. If you use these often, students will understand how to use each and will understand the purpose of each organizer.
How to Use
This resource pack was not intended to be seat work or independent work; however, it can be if you choose. We typically do them together during our read. I have enlarged a copy of each graphic organizer and laminated it. We do it together as a class, I write on the enlarged copy and the students complete their copy.
The graphic organizers included are:
-Central Idea (old vocab: Main Idea)
-Events and Challenges (old vocab: Problem and Solution)
-Central Message (old vocab: theme, moral, lesson)
-Story Structure (old vocab: sequencing)
-Main Purpose (old vocab: author's purpose)
-Specific Points in a text
These have made a difference in my classroom. Hopefully you also find these useful.Also provided at the top of each organizer is an overview of the skill.