Reflection: Gradual Release Should Zoos Exist-Day 4 - Section 1: Advanced Organizer


Up to this point, the students have been very guided with writing their summaries.  I wanted them to practice writing a summary without the graphic organizers and all the structure.  Are they able to write a summary without all the prompting?  Can they recall the skill on their own? 

To answer these questions, I needed short pieces to have them work with.  I also want to mix it up with content.  We have been working very heavily with informational text so I wanted to give them a bit of a break. 

The students did very well with this activity.  I had them share out their summaries within their group.  I circulated through the groups, listening and quickly checking their work.  I would say about 90 percent of the students were successful with writing the summaries! 


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Should Zoos Exist-Day 4

Unit 11: Writing a Research Based Argument
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT summarize informational text, identify the main idea and supporting details to use in an argumentative essay.

Big Idea: Students are asked to pick a side on a controversial issue of whether or not zoos help endangered species.

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