Students will have an opportunity to practice defining the types of conflict. To get the students ready for the notes today, I am going to use more interactive notes. I am doing this because the students this year, seem to struggle with the concept of taking notes. The transition to 6th grade has not been easy and we are learning the students are not used to being taught in the format we teach. The elementary schools are using a model of teaching that requires the teacher to do little whole group lessons and more small group lessons. The students need more interaction with the notes in order for them to actually comprehend what is being taught. I am going to try an approach that requires them to be more involved with their notebooks and note taking. We have been using interactive notebooks in our ELA classes for years, but I found a resource that has some amazing templates to use with the notebooks. The blog is imlovinlitblogspot.com The creator has her materials linked to Teachers Pay Teachers. You can download her materials for a nominal fee.
I will pass out the template for the four types of conflict and have the students use their notes from yesterday to match the picture on each piece that symbolizes the conflict to the actual type of conflict. This will force the students to interpret the symbol and apply the definition. I am hoping this will create another pathway for this information to be stored in the brain.
I will have the students cut, color, and label this Conflict Template-Student Sample. Once it is labeled I will have them glue it into their spiral notebooks. I have the students keep a running table of contents at the front of their spirals that records everything we put into the spiral. This helps keep us organized. I will remind the students to update their table of contents.
Once the template is placed into their spirals, I will have them rewrite the definition of this type of conflict under each piece to complete their Conflict Notes Page. This provides an easy, fun way to study.
The students are finding success with analyzing text for the types of conflict. There is not too much more instruction I need to provide at this point. I am going to have the students continue practicing the skill today. In the past few lessons, I struggled with moving on too fast from concept to concept. I wanted to provide one more day of a solid day’s worth of guided practice to ensure they have mastered this concept.
I will pass out the activity labeled types of Conflict Sort. We did a similar activity yesterday, but the conflicts were a little more obvious than the ones I have for today’s lesson. This will provide them that slow progression to continue mastering the skill with more complex text.
I am also going to have the students cut, color, and glue the four main pictures into their spirals, and once they have sorted and had the conflicts checked, paste the correct examples in as well. This will allow them the interaction with the activity as well as an excellent study source for notes. This is the fun part! The students enjoy working with their spiral, so this really engages them into the lesson and takes a little load off of you!
I will ask the students to work more independently with this activity, only using their notes as a resource. Yesterday we worked with our shoulder partners, so today I would like them to try it on their own. Again, I will be chanting "STRUGGLE THOUGH IT" to encourage them to persevere with the skill! I know they are able!
As the students are working, I will walk around and correct any mistakes I see as they are happening. I will pull all the incorrect examples off the page and ask students to look at the examples again. This will keep them working and problem solving. It may frustrate them, especially those students who do NOT like to redo work! I will prompt them eventually if needed, but it is important to let the students struggle through the work. These skills of grappling with complex text and tasks are foundation skills for Common Core and the students need to become used to feeling constantly pushed.
Once everyone is done and all examples are completed, I will bring the class back together and check our answers.
To assess the students' understanding and to help them process their learning, I will ask the students to complete a Closure Slip. The closure slip is a very quick and easy way for me to feel as if I have "checked-in" with all of my students. It also provides them a safe place to think about their learning and communicate any confusions. It's a way to conference with each child in a quick, easy, fast way.