For the 2017-2018 school year, my classroom has been home to 102 fifth graders. Our school is located in a low-socioeconomic neighborhood and 42% of our fifth graders are English Language Learners. My students face challenges both inside and outside of the school environment. Despite the many challenges my students face, they continue to try their best in my English Language Arts class.
My hope for my students is to create life-long readers and writers.
A common challenge that many of my students struggle with is reading and writing. My students' reading levels range from beginning reader to at grade-level.
The magnetic mobile whiteboard with an adjustable flipchart easel will allow students to be able to visualize and monitor their learning while reading and writing in a small group setting. For example, together the students and I will create anchor charts before, during, and after reading aloud the mentor texts in order to track our thinking as a reader. The flipchart easel piece will make it easy for students to refer back to the charts we have created while also utilizing the whiteboard to track other important information such as vocabulary words, questions, and predictions.
I know that my students will be successful readers and writers if they are exposed to books that are engaging.
The mentor texts will allow me to better teach comprehension skills and strategies such as author's point of view, author's purpose, compare and contrast, cause and effect, inference, problem/solution, sequence, theme, and visualize in a more appealing way.
Students learn best when they are provided with examples. These mentor texts will allow me to teach what good writers do. My students will be successful if they are writing a persuasive essay and have been given examples of real books that focus on persuasive topics such as the text I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff.
My fifth grade students will be engaged readers and quality writers when they are exposed to meaningful mentor texts.
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