Reflection: Flexibility Learning about a Topic Through Description - Section 5: Closure


We all know these exist, but I admit I don’t always take full advantage of them when they arise. However, with today’s lesson I was able to use the little extra time we had to do just that.


During the work time, I realized that several students were having a difficult time answering questions correctly about an index and a glossary. Rather than quickly reviewing the two during the closure, I took the time to pull out books from our classroom library that had one or both features. I divided my collected stack among the tables and had students answer the text feature questions from their work pages using the information found in these books. I once again circulated the room, but this time supported students in locating information using just the glossaries and indexes. I asked them guiding questions to see if they could tell me where to find these features, explain their purposes, and apply that knowledge in finding specific information in each text. Once I saw that students were able to do this with the books in front of them, I had them try the questions again using just the bat text. During the second go round, they were much more successful.


Of course, this isn’t always possible. However, because today’s lesson was pretty “light” on instruction and complexity, it allowed me the extra time needed to remediate issues that surfaced while completing the less familiar text feature practice.




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Learning about a Topic Through Description

Unit 6: Non-Fiction: Structures and Features
Lesson 10 of 15

Objective: SWBAT read a passage, determine its organizational structure, and utilize its text features.

Big Idea: In a unit about non-fiction structure and features, students will read a text and determine its organizational structure using supports such as teacher created charts and key words.

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