Students will enter the room and per directions on their daily agenda log into Tween Tribune. Today, I will introduce my students to commenting on the site. I will pull up example comments that are already on the site (my students can't see these until I make the class "public") on my SMART board, and discuss what makes a good or bad comment.
-Proper use of spelling, capitalization, etc.
-Referencing the article
-Responding to others comments to create conversation instead of just random commenting
Student comments go to me for approval before they are live on the site, so I will review comments for class discussion before they go live.
To open this lesson we will continue with the Powerpoint from yesterday's lesson. The section to cover today is found from slides 50-57. We will follow and discuss the slides to slide 57 -the "Practice Slide". Since I have laptops in the classroom and utilize blended learning, I link any resource electronically to my students' Edmodo classroom. If you do not have this capability, I suggest printing "handout" copies of the powerpoint with 6 slides per page so students can have a copy to refer to when needed.
At this point, we will review the information on the text structure chart about problem/solution order and discuss the graphic organizers on the handout. I want students to be aware that there may be multiple problems with one solutions or one problem with multiple effects. Then, we will review , we will review the instructions for practice and students will take what is needed from their caddy in the center of the table. As with Chronological Order students will begin the practice task in class, but will complete it at home.
The piece referenced in the practice slide is "Hanging By a Thread" found in Scholastic's "Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction". However, if you follow me you know I've mentioned before if you do not have access to the pieces I use there are countless resources for locating great material. One is the New York Times learning network. The previous link will take you to a specific article within that site that is directly connected to text structure.
To wrap up class today, I will ask students to (based on their study of the article so far) consider how "Hanging By a Thread" might connect to our unit idea of perseverance. I will ask students to discuss this as a table and share their response aloud or through Today's Meet (depending on time and class ability/speed with technology) for each table. (See an earlier lesson with Today's Meet) The response must begin - "According to the article," and must include evidence from the article.
We will discuss these before students leave.