Reflection: Gradual Release Organizing Our Reading Strategies: Chapter 4 - Section 2: Getting Down to Business


I spend a lot of time thinking about the resources I create.  Maybe too much time.  Take a gander at the reflection on this lesson.

The fantasy I have about them goes something like this:

I create an amazing resource for students to use to interact with a text.  They receive this golden key to literature, think about how it can change their lives for the better, and interact with it on a deep, intellectual level causing them to become better versions of themselves.


We all know that in the mind of a student our "resources" are "worksheets."  Worksheets are something to slap your name on, fill in as quickly as possible, and get back to talking about your latest crush with your friend.

This is why I cannot in good faith hand out this graphic organizer and set students free to complete it without a little "I do, we do, you do" action.  Without an explicit example of what you're looking for, the vast majority of students will do the very least they think they can get away with!

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Organizing Our Reading Strategies: Chapter 4

Unit 7: Starting The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: SWBAT read and comprehend literary text through the knowledge of multiple reading strategies.

Big Idea: Keeping our strategies straight!

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