Speaking & Listening

Second Grade Literature Circles Lesson

This sample material outlines the sequence of a literature circles lesson, describes the student roles, and includes worksheets for each role. Also included here are several evaluation forms students use to reflect on the quality of their discussions. Watch the presentation, Literature Circles in Second Grade, to see the lesson in action.

 

FEATURING: Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Literature Circles in Second Grade

Listen to a second-grade teacher describe how she uses literature circles in her classroom. By providing clear roles and procedures she develops an effective setting for group discussions. For more details view her lesson plan, Second Grade Literature Circles Lesson.

 

FEATURING: Trish Weaver, Second-Grade Teacher, Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Partner Sharing

Watch a second-grade classroom demonstration of a teacher engaging students in text discussion using multiple techniques focused on questioning. Throughout the lesson, the teacher builds on previous strategies and introduces new ones, reminds students of what good readers do, and provides numerous opportunities for partner sharing. Review the related sample material, Read-Aloud Walk-Through Checklist.

FEATURING: Ginger Brown, Second-Grade Teacher, Woodbridge Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Pumpkin Pie for Halloween

Watch how a kindergarten teacher uses a variety of strategies to help English learners move from listening to discussing stories. She describes how text discussion develops across the early grade levels and explains how she forms small groups of English learners to individualize instruction.

 

FEATURING: Jenny English, Kindergarten Teacher, Graham Road Elementary School (VA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Preparing Kindergarteners for Text Talk

Hear how a kindergarten teacher helps students develop partner-sharing skills. The teacher talks about the benefits of beginning text discussion at an early age and describes how she establishes partner-share procedures and routines.

 

FEATURING:  Kim Hastings, Kindergarten Teacher, Woodbridge Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Text Structure Activities and Student Work

This sample material includes a lesson plan, signal words, literacy cards, and graphic organizers used to help students learn about text structures. Two examples of student work are included to show how students use a Venn diagram during a classroom reading activity. View the presentation, Interactive Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Text Structure, to see how these materials are used in the classroom.

 

FEATURING: Dawn Chappelear, Third- and Fourth-Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Interactive Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Text Structure

A third/fourth-grade teacher shares instructional activities designed to help her students understand the compare-contrast and sequence nonfiction text structures. She uses cooperative learning strategies, graphic organizers, and games. View the related sample material, Text Structure Activities and Student Work.

 

FEATURING: Dawn Chappelear, Third- and Fourth-Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Kindergarten Lesson Plan

This plan was developed by a kindergarten teacher. It provides details on standards, objectives, and essential questions guiding text structure instruction, and describes lesson activities and ways to extend student learning. View the presentation Teaching Character and Setting in an Inclusion Classroom to see how the lesson was implemented.

 

FEATURING: Cindy Burke, Kindergarten Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Teaching Character and Setting in an Inclusion Classroom

Hear how a kindergarten teacher adapts a lesson on narrative text elements for her special needs students. Instructional strategies include building on background knowledge, using visual materials, character and setting illustrations, and reteaching. Review the related sample material, Kindergarten Lesson Plan: Character and Setting.

 

FEATURING: Cindy Burke, Kindergarten Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Bat-Bird Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer

This organizer was used by a third-grade teacher to teach the compare and contrast nonfiction text structure. It includes filled-in student examples, sections for recording similarities and differences, and clue word comparisons. Watch the presentation Compare-Contrast Graphic Organizer: A Whale Is Not a Fish to see how this tool is used.

 

FEATURING: Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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