Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Author’s Choice - Section 5: Independent Practice


The two video samples show my students comparing the authors' approaches and informational texts in their journals.  These two students are from my higher and independent readers groups.  The third video shows what nearly half my students did, write about the main idea. 

At first I was a little upset that several, almost half, did not write to the prompt of comparing how the authors gave the information.  However, after looking what they wrote, and knowing my students, I realized that the main idea is where they are at.  To help them get to comparing authors I now know I need to include a little side lesson in their differentiated reading group rotations, or add a little side review as we continue on.  An easy way to do this is to help students make connections by comparing familiar stories, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen, or The Three Pigs, all of which have several versions by different authors; and have students compare what is the same and what is different in each version.  

Another way would to refer back to a previous text on the same subject and ask the students if the information included is the same as what they are reading at the moment.

That's the power of journal writing: it helps me see where my students are and what I need to do to move them to the next level.

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Author’s Choice

Unit 2: Life Cycle of the Flutter Kind
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic.

Big Idea: Your students will enjoy reading and analyzing how two authors address how caterpillars change into butterflies.

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