Picture Dictionary You can create your own newspaper. Students can be reporters, researching and writing newspaper articles. Topics for articles can include interesting things that have happened in the classroom or school, events that occurred in your town, family milestones did someone have a birthday recently, or win an award?
Tweet1 Reading Comprehension can be difficult for students, even those with great reading skills. Academic language does not come easily for most of our students. There are a select few who grow up hearing it spoken by their parents at home, but for the most part my own kids includedasking students to use specific language structures when speaking and writing about a text is just downright hard!
Those posts build some background knowledge about the why and how we as teachers can ratchet up the language used in our classrooms.
This post is about one specific tool that you can use. As we have read stories and novels each week, I have found that giving my students the language they need to use and be successful makes a world of difference. Using Academic Language in the Classroom I linked to two different articles above that outline how I use academic language in the classroom.
Here is one more example of its use. In these charts, my goal was only a speaking goal, and it was to help students take part in an academic conversation about a book. I had read aloud a book to students and we were discussing whether or not the character had made the right decision.
The beauty of these posters, the graphic organizers and the bookmarks is that they can be used all year long to support learning.
Students will learn to discuss and write about text using high-level academic language with scaffolding.Pearson Prentice Hall and our other respected imprints provide educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services across the secondary curriculum.
Introduction to Graphic Organizers. Graphic organizers guide learners’ thinking as they fill in and build upon a visual map or diagram. Graphic organizers are some of the most effective visual learning strategies for students and are applied across the curriculum to enhance learning and understanding of subject matter content.
Opinion Writing Graphic Organizer - Simple Version This version is a bit simpler, leaving out the conclusion section and using only the opinion and reasons sections. Suitable for lower primary grades. 5 W's World News Article Analysis Worksheet Summarize a world news article using this graphic organizer, noting the 5 W's, who, when, where, what, and why.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Post the chart you created where students can see it (see Preparation, Step 3). Distribute sticky notes, and ask students to write their names on the notes.