I chose to use websites for this activity because the technology is so motivating for the students and they use more and more digital tools to learn. This was a great opportunity to help students discern how to get information from websites. These had ads and other non-pertinent information and I took the opportunity to help students see 'what's important' and what is unrelated information.
Take the time to talk with your students about what they see with these digital tools, where the information is, and how to know what an advertisement is. Here's a question that my student asked and I explained about the advertisements on websites.
Underlined words below are lesson vocabulary words that are emphasized and written on sentence strips for my Reading & Writing word wall. I pull off the words off the wall for each lesson, helping students understand this key 'reading and writing' vocabulary can be generalized across texts and topics. The focus on acquiring and using these words is part of a shift in the Common Core Standards towards building students’ academic vocabulary. My words are color coded ‘pink’ for literature/’blue’ for reading strategies/’orange’ for informational text/'yellow' for writing/’green’ for all other words.
Common starting point
Take time to see what the kids notice about the poems. This is the fourth lesson in my poetry unit, so my kids are starting to recognize the traits of poetry (syllabication, rhyme, repeating words, and rhythm). I used the 'poetry tree' in all of my lessons in this unit to create a tool that pulled together all of the ideas and kinds of poetry. The kinds of poem are listed down the trunk and the ways that poetry help us are listed on the leaves. See what students can discern from the 2 poems before you go on and 'tell them' what a cinquain is.
The other lessons in my poetry unit are Poetry: What Is It?, Dogs and Haikus: What's the Plot?, Poetry Takes Shape, Reading Acrostics: The Poetry of Letters, Pieces of Meaning in Free Verse Poetry and Don't Worry: Alliteration and Onomatopoeia Help Us.
Explain the topic
Introduce strategy - teacher models - slide 7 (6C Cinquains-Pattern #2 Examples)
Practice strategy - guided practice-slide 7 (Kenneth's cinquain poems)
Take the time to discuss how these words and phrases are bringing meaning to the poem. (RL.2.4) The ability to describe how these help students better understand what they read is really the crux of this standard. The Common Core State Standards encourages students to actively participate in their reading and the teacher to guide them to understanding. By highlighting poems and talking through the parts of speech and use of poetry techniques, students can begin to look beyond the words and illustrations to understand the author's intent.
Let students write
Create a final draft
Encourage kids to share
Scaffolding and Special Education: This lesson could be easily scaffolded up or down, depending on student ability.
Students with learning challenges may need to work with a partner or with the teacher. You could select several topics and give them choices. They may need spelling help. They will enjoy creating a picture and should be able to do the final draft, but writing the poem might be harder.
Encourage those with greater abilities to use higher level vocabulary. They should be able to come up with more descriptive words and could perhaps use a thesaurus to find a more accurate synonym.