Today is Trailer Tuesday, so I will show students a book trailer or two depending on length. I select trailers for new release books and great books that students aren't picking up. (The link provided will take you to an earlier lesson with my reflection explaining more about my use of book trailers.)
There are several sites online for locating book trailers. A quick search on you tube will locate several. Of course, always preview the trailer before showing a class.
Today's text comes from Scholastic Scope's September 24, 2012 issue. If you follow me you know I am a fan of Scope. However, due to copyright I can only share a preview portion of the article, but I can share the other materials. If you do not have access to the full article, many archived pieces can be purchased through Scope now, or you can find similar materials and adapt the lesson.
Before reading, we will view the author video that accompanies the article resources on Scholastic's site and is free to share.
Next, students will read the PDF link of the piece from their laptops as I read on the SMART board. I'll read and model. Then I'll ask students to read and model their thinking. We'll stop to ask and answer questions, discuss key vocabulary, structure of the piece, etc.
After finishing the article, we'll listen to a reading of the poem "The Tornado" (the reading is only available to subscribers). I'll ask students to compare the poem to the article. What information from the article made it's way into the poem? Is the poem reflective of what we read in the article?
To wrap up class today and prepare for tomorrow's work with the poem "The Tornado", I will ask students to use their journal entry or powerpoint to identify what type of poem "The Tornado" is.
To check for understanding, I'll have students complete an Edmodo poll before login out. If results are mixed or completely off, I'll be able to discuss it tomorrow before students begin.