Reflection: Lesson Planning Comparing and Contrasting With "Then and Now" - Section 2: Reading and Discussion of the Story


It's an easy trap to fall into if you pick up the leveled reader for the following week and just make flashcards of the vocabulary words that the basal reader has told you to teach.  I have to really keep in mind that teaching vocabulary should be intentional.  

If you look at Appendix A in the Common Core standards and turn to page 33, you'll see how the standards explain the three different tiers of vocabulary.  When I preview the books, I look for words that I know my students don't use in their everyday vocabularies and concepts that I know they haven't had experience with.  For this story, I knew I would have to address what a horn book was because students had no experience with a horn book before.  I also knew I would have to discuss what a one room school house was.  It may appear like an easy concept to us but if I didn't explain this explicitly to my students I know they would think it was a normal classroom and all the students in the room were in one grade level. 

When I teach vocabulary intentionally and discuss the concepts in depth with my students, their reading comprehension increases.  Not only that if I focus on teaching tier 2 and 3 words across the various subject areas, students depth of knowledge increases and they are able to access more complex texts.

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Comparing and Contrasting With "Then and Now"

Unit 14: Small Group Reading Lessons
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast key ideas and details from two informational texts on the same topic; SWBAT write a structured informational paragraph to report out their analysis of the texts.

Big Idea: Students will never complain about school when they find out what school was like long ago!

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