Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Cause and Effect with "Jimmy's Boa" Day One - Section 3: Independent Practice


     One of the big shifts with Common Core is for students to have the ability to write among all disciplines.  I am constantly having my students write during the day - in all subject areas.  You will see in the video that each of my students has different needs.  The first boy in the yellow shirt is one of my gifted students.  Everything comes so easily to him.  So I demand more of him.  You can see that I was being picky with him and had him go back and be more specific in his written response.  I want my students to be as detailed as possible when answering questions.

     The second boy in the video is new to my class.  I have only had him a few weeks.  He is still working through how different my classroom is from his former class.  He has never used Thinking Maps before, and is still learning that the purpose of using them is to use the map as a tool.  He also is struggling with rephrasing the question as the first part of his answer.  I have to take a few steps back and work with him on these important skills.  You will also see later in the video that he didn't look at his multi-flow map to help himself out when answering the question.  I pointed that out to him.  With continued work, I know he will begin to catch on.

    My next two students in the video are also part of my high achieving group.  I had the next boy be more specific in his answer and I had the boy in blue go back and rephrase the question as the first part of his answer.

     All of this was done by just walking around, viewing what students were doing, and asking them questions.  Each of my students needs something different.  It was hard for me at the beginning of the year to make sure I used my questioning strategies to push each student further, but now it is like second nature for me.  You may feel like a fish out of water at first with asking your students questions, but based on the quality of my students work, I know it is so worth it.  

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Cause and Effect with "Jimmy's Boa" Day One

Unit 7: Cause and Effect With "The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash"
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: SWBAT state the cause and effect relationships for the first portion of the story as well as answer questions using text evidence.

Big Idea: Today we are going to be determining how the characters interactions in this story cause the events in the story to happen.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Fiction (Reading), Reading Comprehension, cause and effect
  45 minutes
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