Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Of Course We Discourse! - Section 1: Guiding Question


Upon discovering that my students didn't have a full understanding of the word "discourse," I immediately began to implement Marzano. My district uses Marzano's Six step process for vocabulary. I intentionally put words that my students may not understand into some of my Guiding Questions. For this GQ, the word is "discourse." I paraphrase the word, use it in a sentence, have the kids talk about it with each other, and then challenge them to use it throughout the day.

I keep a list of these words, and make sure that I come back to them often, dropping them into my conversations with students. So far, it's working really well! I'm hearing these words become a part of their vocabulary in my classroom.

  A note about vocabulary
  Problem-based Approaches: A note about vocabulary
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Of Course We Discourse!

Unit 5: Independent Reading
Lesson 3 of 20

Objective: SWBAT: use discussion to achieve understanding text.

Big Idea: Getting kids comfortable talking to each other is a lot of work, but it will pay off in the end!

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English / Language Arts, School Culture and Practices, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), Reading Fluency, independent reading, discourse, quotations, Speaking and Listening
  45 minutes
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