Reflection: Gradual Release Cell Membranes: Reading Strategy - Section 4: Closure: What did we learn? Where do we go from here?


"If you give a man a fish, then he will eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, then he will eat for a lifetime."

This proverb might seem to be cliche but it is so true! In my experience, what separates top flight students from those who struggle (even to a small degree) is literacy (1st) then a host of other deficiencies (thinking skills, numeracy skills, habits of mind, background knowledge, etc.). Therefore, I put a high premium on teaching reading strategies with associated academic vocabulary acquisition. I love to read but it still can be a tedious and painstaking process, especially with reading for understanding.

When we read in class, we will sometimes do round-robin read alouds for the entire passage. In this lesson, I want to wean students off of that habit and be sure to properly teach the strategy (Use Text Organization), model it appropriately, solicit feedback, begin to transfer the locus of control and responsibility to the students, provide feedback and support the formation of the summary conclusion, then release more fully the task to the students. Perfect practice makes perfect. Stated in other words, the more quality at-bats a student gets the greater the chance that she will improve the skill.

Think about it: If I am holding the bat (entirely or partially) how good will she become when she must face an actual pitcher in a live game?

  Reading for Understanding
  Gradual Release: Reading for Understanding
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Cell Membranes: Reading Strategy

Unit 2: 2) Cells ("Form and Function")
Lesson 10 of 20

Objective: Students will determine the central ideas of a complex text analyzing the complex system of the cell and understand how cells are part of an even larger hierarchy within multicellular organisms.

Big Idea: Reading for understanding can be difficult but with the proper tool(s) and method of delivery, students can become better and better!

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Science, cell membrane, cell function, cells, form vs. function, structure and function , Systems and System Models, hierachical organization
  55 minutes
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