Teaching the Common Core Literature Standards in Grades 2-5: by Lisa Morris

By Lisa Morris

Shifting your literature guide to fulfill the typical center will be tough. the criteria are particular approximately how scholars should still research characters, topics, perspective, and extra. during this new publication, Lisa Morris makes it effortless by way of taking you thru the criteria and delivering a whole lot sensible suggestions, instruments, and mentor texts for grades 2-5. She exhibits you the way to mix the factors into potent devices of analysis that you should train with intensity instead of fear approximately insurance. subject matters lined include:

  • Teaching wondering, inferring, and author’s purpose;
  • Guiding readers to examine issues and write summaries;
  • Showing scholars find out how to realize structural components of literature;
  • Teaching the craft of writing and vocabulary improvement; and
  • Helping scholars examine characters and personality development.

Throughout this hugely sensible ebook, you’ll discover a number of charts and different photo organizers that may be simply adapted for lecture room use. an inventory of urged mentor texts is additionally on hand as a loose eResource from our site, www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138856172.

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What would happen if . . 34  Questioning, Inferring, Author’s Purpose Flip-it Flip-it is a strategy for answering questions that involves restating the question. This simple, yet effective, strategy helps ensure that students will focus on the purpose of the question and the evidence from the text to answer the question. It is basically a restating strategy. When we play this game in the classroom, I have index cards with a question written on each one. A student selects a card, reads the question aloud and then “flips it” in order to practice answering the question using the language from the question.

38  Questioning, Inferring, Author’s Purpose Mentor Texts for Questioning Mentor texts are often the missing link between teacher instruction and student understanding. I love books and I love teaching with them. The following list contains examples of mentor texts that I use during a “questioning” unit of study. These books offer the chance for students to dig deeper into their own lives, their own thoughts, and their own wonderings. • Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting • An Angel for Solomon Singer by Cynthia Rylant • The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg • Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki • Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie • The Van Gogh Café by Cynthia Rylant • Weslandia by Paul Fleischman • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor Three Ways to Ask Questions Among the many higher level thinking skills that students need is the skill of generating quality questions.

An easy way to summarize a piece of reading is to look closely at characters, events, and major changes that have taken place. After several days of reading I ask my students to write a 3paragraph summary: one paragraph for the characters, one for the events, and one for the noted changes in the book. 8 KWL Chart KNOW WONDER LEARNED Coding Questions There are many levels of questioning. To help my students “see” the differences in the levels, I bring in a few manipulatives and some questioning stems.

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