Reflection: Shared Expectations Analyzing the Author's Craft - Section 3: Independent Practice and Writing Their Main Idea and Details


With the implementation of Common Core, my district has focused on training teachers on accountable talk.  Accountable talk is one of those "buzz words," but it refers to the discourse, or rich discussion, that happens in your classroom. 

Since my training on accountable talk, I have really made an effort to increasing the amount of talking that is occurring in my classroom.  My classroom is so much more language rich this year.  In the beginning of the year I had to spend a great deal of time teaching students how to look at each other when speaking to a partner, respond appropriately, and, when their opinions differ, to argue respectfully. I am beginning to see the fruits of my labor as evidenced in the video in the resource section.

In this video I see two important things.  In the first segment of the video you can see that the little girl in the white shirt is really showing me what she knows.  She is able to effectively communicate her thought about what the main idea is.  She uses the structure of the last sentence as evidence to support her answer.  I can really tell she has a strong understanding of what main idea and details are.  In the second segment this same student is very kindly helping her classmate to determine what the main idea is.  In fact, she sounds like a miniature teacher!  She asks him questions and even tries to give him some strategies to help him determine the main idea.

Students learn from each other. The more talking that we allow them to do, the more opportunities they have to help each other and show us what they do or don't know.  It is so gratifying for me as a teacher to see my students succeeding in this area.  I also feel like I have a better understanding of my student's strengths and weaknesses this year because of how much talking we do in the classroom.  I will continue to use accountable talk in my classroom and I encourage you to use it in your classroom as well.

  Shared Expectations: Look How Accountable Talk Helps Students
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Analyzing the Author's Craft

Unit 5: Analyzing Author's Craft and Expository Writing on Sharks
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT analyze how the author writes their story in order to get ideas of how to structure their own piece of expository writing.

Big Idea: The more we read, the more ideas we get for our own writing. So let's start reading!

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English / Language Arts, Writing Process, Writing, Nonfiction (Reading), informational text, Main Idea and Deta
  45 minutes
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