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Graphic Organizer

Graphic maps become more elaborate as students develop in skill or write different types of text. See two stages of a girl’s work on a multi-step story and notice her use of transition words.

 

FEATURING: Cahuenga Elementary (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Thinkaloud Survey

Teachers at Cornell Elementary School use the state-developed Thinkaloud Survey to reflect on how well they are implementing the thinkaloud strategy in classroom instruction. The survey asks teachers to rate their overall skill, describe how frequently they use the strategy, and identify the parts of the strategy with which they need assistance. For further information on the use of thinkalouds, view Dr. Joe Dimino’s demonstration in the video, Thinkaloud Examples in Comprehension and Phonics.

 

FEATURING: Cornell Elementary School (IA)

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Middle School Math

View a lesson plan used by a seventh-grade teacher to integrate vocabulary games into math instruction. Also included are a PowerPoint for teaching math-related vocabulary words and a handout listing vocabulary words and homework assignments for the week. Watch Building Vocabulary in Middle School Math Class to see how vocabulary games are used in a lesson on consumer math.

 

FEATURING: Maureen Ferry, Math Teacher, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Building Vocabulary in Middle School Math Class

In this video, math teacher Maureen Ferry talks about how she uses vocabulary games and journals to help students develop an understanding of new words. View the related sample material, Middle School Math: Vocabulary Building Lesson and Related Materials.

 

FEATURING: Maureen Ferry, Math Teacher, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Literature Circles Lesson Plan and Materials

This set of materials, provided by Rebecca Wieder, includes a lesson plan for literature circles as well as the following materials for students: a description of student roles in literature circles, a reflection assignment, and sentence starters for discussions.

 

FEATURING: Rebecca Wieder, Ninth-Grade Teacher, Gateway High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Literature Circles in High School

Ninth-grade Humanities teacher Rebecca Wieder describes how she facilitates literature circle discussions. Wieder's students discuss a novel in groups where each plays a role: summarizer, discussion director, connector, literary luminary, and literary terms expert. Watch how she sets goals with her class for effective group discussions. View the sample material, Literature Circles Lesson Plan and Materials, for more details.

 

FEATURING: Rebecca Wieder, Ninth-Grade Teacher, Gateway High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Social Studies Pair-Sharing and Discussion Guidelines

This PowerPoint outlines a seventh-grade social studies lesson that scaffolds text discussion strategies to help students develop an understanding of the experiences of Chernobyl survivors. The lesson plan includes student guidelines for engaging in partner and small group discussions. The lesson concludes with class presentations, a question-and-answer period, and individual student reflections. An example of student work is also included here.

 

FEATURING: Laurie Erby, Seventh-Grade Teacher, Saline Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Student-Driven Discussions in Social Studies

Listen to a teacher talk about how she scaffolds text discussion using pair-share, small group discussion, and large group share-out activities. Hear her description of the gradual release of responsibility from teacher to student, with the end-goal of student-driven discussions. View the related sample material, Social Studies Pair-Sharing and Discussion Guidelines.

 

FEATURING: Laurie Erby, Seventh-Grade Teacher, Saline Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Analyzing Speeches

These materials assignments from teacher Jim Burke's high school English class include assignments using Obama's keynote address assignment, a speech assignment on Cesar Chavez's speech, note-taking sheets for identifying figurative language, and a template for comparing and contrasting speeches by Chavez and King.

 

FEATURING: Jim Burke, English Teacher, Burlingame High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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