Reflection: Rigor Patricia Bath, M.D. African-American Inventor - Section 4: Independent Writing


One of the goals for my instruction today was to show students how to navigate informational text and use context clues to figure out unknown words because this is what proficient readers are able to do.

However, I am also making them aware of the resources they have to help themselves write. That is why when they write I ask them to take out their word book. In this way, they do not come running to me right away. They need to make the effort to first look for the word they are wanting to spell. Once they cannot find it, then, they come to me. In using their Word Book, my students practice their alphabetical skills too.

Also, in asking the students to use their Semantic Map and Anthology to write about Patricia Bath I am helping them become aware of the different sources that are available for us to use. This is a skill my students benefit from practicing often.

Overall I feel my students did well in answering the question. I had just a few answer with one or two sentences. Yet, this person got at the gist of why Patricia Bath is important as an inventor. I prefer a sentence that gets to the point than a whole page of rambling. 

The writing piece, WhyIsPatriciaBathImportant?, tells about the instrument Patricia invented. It was good to see the word being used in the student's writing. This student also compares Dr. Bath to George Washington Carver (Please note: In a previous lesson, we read and discussed the section on George Washing Carver in the same manner as this lesson). That is an important observation given Dr. Bath's invention has impacted the lives of so many people.

Lastly, the writing piece, Her Instrument, also gets into how Dr. Bath's instrument saved many lives. I was happy to see the emergence of words such as eye surgery in this person's writing.

Given the difficulty of this text, I was happy to see the academic vocabulary in their writing. I feel the scaffolding (highlighting and bubble map) was necessary for them to understand the key details of her life.

In doing this text again, I would not teach it at this point of the year. I would wait until the second semester when students are more prepared to read this text independently. We read it now because we were following the district's schedule, but, now with the implementation of the CCSS, there is more freedom in scheduling the order of the stories. This is welcomed news!

  Rigor: Independent Writing Reflection
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Patricia Bath, M.D. African-American Inventor

Unit 11: Inventors
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions to understand the key words and details in an informational text.

Big Idea: One doctor's dedication to serving others results in eye instruments that restore eye sight.

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