Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Laying the Foundation Day 1 - Section 2: Introduction


I have taught this lesson several times, however, this is the first time I did not front load what I perceived as new words to my students.  In the past I would show pictures and tell them what the words meant and be done with it.  Originally I imagined this lesson taking only one day; however, it turned into a two day lesson, because my students went deeper in their own learning (see Day 2 for the next part of the lesson). 

As mentioned in the Preview Section, Common Core does not do away with front-loading; what it requires is that students take on a more active role in learning new vocabulary, concepts, key details, arguments, and inferential meanings.  Common Core also requires teachers to go deeper with their teaching and students to go farther with their learning to consider the author’s purpose, make connections, and assimilate new information with their own experiences. 

I feel that by learning more about the benefits of close reading strategies and incorporating them in my teaching my students are taking ownership in what they learn, and therefore are more interested in learning.

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Laying the Foundation Day 1

Unit 3: Learning New Words and Making Discoveries
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: “SWBAT use text and picture clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in the text.

Big Idea: Instead of telling your students new word meanings, let them take ownership for their learning.

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