Reflection: Reading "Seventh Grade" and Reviewing Vocabulary - Section 1: Second Reading of"Seventh Grade"


There are times when it is beneficial to group students according to ability.  There are other times when mixed ability groups are most wanted. That is one reason why I wholeheartedly support the inclusion model.  If inclusion is done right, you have a mix of good, hard-working students along with reluctant learners.  The reluctant learners have good role models, rather than being in a class of low-performing students who are often behavior problems.

When it doesn't matter what student is in what group, I like to use a random group generator.  Last year I had a fantastic Excel document that had a page for each of my classes. Unfortunately, I managed to delete it.  I could not find a link to that group generator, however, I did find another one from A6 Training that was developed by Dave Foord.  I created a separate file for each of my classes, but it works just fine.

You should first enter all of your students' names for one class. You'll need to identify how many students you want in each group and it will magically sort the students into random groups for you.  It's faster than using Popsicle sticks, and if you do it in front of students, they usually love it.

  Assigning Students to Groups
  Assigning Students to Groups
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Reading "Seventh Grade" and Reviewing Vocabulary

Unit 2: Analyzing Literature with Gary Soto’s Seventh Grade
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to analyze "Seventh Grade" by rereading, responding in writing, and playing a vocabulary game.

Big Idea: Perfect vocabulary practice makes for perfect vocabulary knowledge and actively reading makes for active comprehension with hands-on participation.

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