Those of you that have kept up with me this week know that I led staff development at our county's awesome Summer Literacy Institute. We had some excellent keynote speakers each morning- you can check out some things I took away from them here if you missed it.
I wanted to share some things with you from my session! Obviously, it won't be quite the same as sitting in the two-hour session, but there were some really great things that I still think you'll "get" without being there in person. :o) And ironically, guess where these ideas came from.......? PINTEREST. Of course.
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In other words, for grades 3-5, it is a chapter book with appropriate text complexity that takes about 2-3 weeks to really "dive deep" into through close reading, A LOT of discussion that involves synthesizing and analyzing, comparisons with other texts and media, and writing. Basically, what we have always done for our good mentor texts, we are now stretching into much longer texts.
The BEST thing about using extended texts, in my opinion, is that you can cover ALL the reading standards through one book, and tie it in with your Science/Social Studies curriculum. Last year, I used an extended text at the end of each quarter to get a true feel for what my students really "knew." Another great thing is, these are books you are reading aloud with your students, so you are able to choose books that are higher than what some would be able to do in guided reading group.
This leads to my pins. :o) Before we could really get into using extended texts, there were some other things we had to cover first! One being, text complexity. I found this great graphic which I thought did a great job "representing" text complexity. (Remember, click on the image to be taken to the pin!)
Ok, moving on. The next thing we discussed was text-dependent questions. It's very important during discussions that students are staying "in" the text. To do this, teachers should be asking text-dependent questions. I don't really feel like this is something we haven't been doing. We've been training our kids for YEARS to "go back and find the answer." But here is a neat pin I found that aligns the text-dependent questions to the Common Core Standards:
Thanks for hanging with me through this long post! :o) I hope it was informative and you were able to get some ideas for your new school year. I'll be back in another post soon to share the lesson ideas and activities for some extended texts!
Happy Friday everyone!