Every morning I explain what reading comprehension skills we are learning and why they are important. I begin by modeling the reading skill which the students practice in groups and then individually. At the end, students take an exit ticket to gauge their mastery of the skill.
My students are a lively and energetic bunch.
They come from underprivileged backgrounds and are usually first generation college bound students from their families. Although they are extremely bright, they lack the motivation to stay focused in ELA. They tend to give up when there is "too much" writing involved or if the text is "too long". Many of my students have expressed how they can't wait to get out of their neighborhood because it is "ghetto".
My school does not provide textbooks, so I have to create and/or modify any materials that I use in my lessons. It is important that my lessons are aligned with the Common Core Standards and two books written by Linder and Dobbertin help to ensure this. They have provided guidebooks with unit plans that touch upon Common Core Standards using research based strategies. I am also requesting three books that will help students to become thoughtful and independent readers. Strategies that Work, Notice and Note, and Building Reading Comprehension Skills include comprehension lessons for students at varied reading levels which makes it possible for me to plan differentiated lessons. For continuous formative reading assessments to deepen reading comprehension, I am requesting two books by Daniels and Steineke that are comprised of real-world texts. Lastly, students will use the reading strategies outlined in two of Anderson to improve their writing skills.
Donations to this project will allow me to improve the rigor that I bring to my classroom.
I can challenge my students in a meaningful way with research based practices and engaging texts. As I contribute lesson plans to the 8th grade team, my resources will also benefit other students in my district.Read More
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