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Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion

 

Listen to high school English teacher Jim Burke describe the importance of providing opportunities for adolescents to discuss text. He explains how he establishes a supportive environment for discussions and describes note-taking organizers he uses to help students prepare for text discussions. View the sample materials, Analyzing Speeches and "Four R" Notetaking Template, for more details.

 

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

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Reflective Science Reading Logs and Evaluation Rubric

Science teacher Heather Howlett uses reading logs to support student questioning and text discussion. The evaluation rubric is used to assist students with self-evaluation of their progress and understanding. Student work examples are included to show how these resources were used during an astronomy lesson.

 

FEATURING: Heather Howlett, Eighth-Grade Teacher, Three Fires Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Using Metacognitive Logs in Science

In this astronomy lesson, a teacher uses a two-column metacognitive reading log to help students organize their questions and observations. Listen to how she evaluates student learning through log entries, pair-share worksheets, and self-reflections. View the related sample material, Reflective Science Reading Logs and Evaluation Rubric.

 

FEATURING: Heather Howlett, Eighth-Grade Teacher, Three Fires Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Mark It Up!

The Mark It Up! strategy is used by eighth-grade language arts teacher Kelly O'Brien to scaffold small group text discussions. The teacher's lesson plan, text discussion, Mark It Up! guidelines, and theme activities are included here to show how the teacher supports students in making text connections.

 

FEATURING: Kelly O'Brien, Eighth-Grade Teacher, Pocomoke Middle School (MD)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Mark It Up!

Kelly O'Brien scaffolds text discussion by modeling strategies for thinking about text, helps students make connections, and provides guidelines for organizing reading for meaning. View the related sample material, Mark It Up! Questioning and Making Connections.

 

FEATURING: Kelly O'Brien, Eighth-Grade Teacher, Pocomoke Middle School (MD)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Graphic Organizer Examples

View a collection of graphic organizers used across grade levels and content areas in middle and high school classrooms. The collection includes examples of visual aids teachers use to help students become more independent and insightful readers.

 

FEATURING: Burlingame High School, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy, Pocomoke Middle School, Stoughton High School

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Reciprocal Teaching in High School

Teacher Suzanne Herko describes how she teaches her Humanities students about the strategies and structures of Reciprocal Teaching. Watch students discuss literature in small groups while playing the role of discussion leader, summarizer, questioner, or predictor. See the sample material, Reciprocal Teaching Roles, for more lesson details.

 

FEATURING: Suzanne Herko, Humanities Teacher, Gateway High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Classroom "Do Now" and "Exit Tickets"

This student handout contains the "Do Now" and "Exit Ticket" exercises that students complete at the beginning and end of Megan Montgomery's social studies class (I Do, We Do, You Do) each day for one week.

 

FEATURING: Megan Montgomery, Sixth-Grade Teacher, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

 

I Do, We Do, You Do

Sixth-grade teacher Megan Montgomery scaffolds reading comprehension for her students using a spoke diagram graphic organizer of the social studies text. View the sample material, Classroom "Do Now" and "Exit Tickets"  for a closer look at Montgomery's assignments.

 

FEATURING: Megan Montgomery, Sixth-Grade Teacher, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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