Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Walking Through the Book to Find the Purpose - Section 2: Reviewing Vocabulary


Two changes I have made to my guided reading vocabulary lessons is to give students more repeated exposure to the words in context and in use as we read, and to focus more on Tier 2 words that are high frequency words used in higher grade level text and are unfamiliar and useful to students in their reading. I no longer give them words that are primarily subject based such as "papaya" in this story because although it is important for them to know this word to understand what foods the travelers received, it is not a word they will see frequently in a variety of texts.

I focus more on teaching strategies to use context clues as we read to determine meaning and on knowledge of affix parts to decipher what the words could mean so that students learn skills they can repeat throughout the next years and as the texts get more difficult. 

  building vocabulary skills
  Staircase of Complexity: Building Vocabulary Skills
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Walking Through the Book to Find the Purpose

Unit 11: Guided Reading - Developing BIG Understanding in a Small Group Format
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT...analyze how visual elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text and use context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar words to build understanding of the book "How Many Days to America"

Big Idea: When we share our inquiry of reading it helps us to build comprehension and interest in a text. Lets use visual and vocabulary clues in this book to determine what it will be about!

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English / Language Arts, Literary Response and Analysis, context clue, guided reading, evidence, prediction, group discussion / problem solving with supported inferences, illustration
  35 minutes
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