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Amy Roediger

Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' - NYTimes.com - 172 views

  • Four Corners and Anticipation Guides:Both of these techniques “activate schema” by asking students to react in some way to a series of controversial statements about a topic they are about to study. In Four Corners, students move around the room to show their degree of agreement or disagreement with various statements — about, for instance, the health risks of tanning, or the purpose of college, or dystopian teen literature. An anticipation guide does the same thing, though generally students simply react in writing to a list of statements on a handout. In this warm-up to a lesson on some of the controversies currently raging over school reform, students can use the statements we provide in either of these ways.
  • Gallery Walks:A rich way to build background on a topic at the beginning of a unit (or showcase learning at the end), Gallery Walks for this purpose are usually teacher-created collections of images, articles, maps, quotations, graphs and other written and visual texts that can immerse students in information about a broad subject. Students circulate through the gallery, reading, writing and talking about what they see.
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  • Making Text-to-Text/Text-to-Self/Text-to-World connectionsCharting Debatable IssuesListing Facts/Questions/ResponsesIdentifying Cause and EffectSupporting Opinions With FactsTracking The Five W’s and an HIdentifying Multiple Points of ViewIdentifying a Problem and SolutionComparing With a Venn Diagram
  • The One-Pager:Almost any student can find a “way in” with this strategy, which involves reacting to a text by creating one page that shows an illustration, question and quote that sum up some key aspect of what a student learned.
  • “Popcorn Reads”:Invite students to choose significant words, phrases or whole sentences from a text or texts to read aloud in random fashion, without explanation. Though this may sound pointless until you try it, it is an excellent way for students to “hear” some of the high points or themes of a text emerge, and has the added benefit of being an activity any reader can participate in easily.
  • Illustrations:Have students create illustrations for texts they’re reading, either in the margins as they go along, or after they’ve finished. The point of the exercise is not, of course, to create beautiful drawings, but to help them understand and retain the information they learn.
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    Update | Feb. 2012: We'll be exploring the new Common Core State Standards, and how teaching with The Times can address them, through a series of blog posts. You can find them all here, tagged "the NYT and the CCSS."
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    A good list of reading strategies for informational text from the New York Times.
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: Huge Collection of Graphic Organizers - 142 views

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    Extensive collection of graphic organizers
BTerres

Graphics Organizer resources from TeachersFirst - 105 views

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    This collection of reviewed resources includes tools for creating graphic organizers and many suggestions for ways to use them in teaching almost any subject or grade. Be sure to read the "In the Classroom" suggestions for examples of ways to use graphic organizers as part of a lesson or unit.
Kirstin Lasto

Free Graphic Organizers - 184 views

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    Great site for a variety of graphic organizers.
Has Slone

Always Write: Cobett's "7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson" Resources - 10 views

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      This is a neat way to start a writing class with the creating plot ideas....
  • One of the goals I ask teachers to set after my training is to find new ways to push students to analyze and evaluate as they learn to write.
  • As part of my teacher workshop on the writing process, we investigate multiple uses of student samples. One of my favorite techniques involves having student compare and contrast finished pieces of writing. During both pre-writing and and revision, this push for deeper student thinking both educates and inspires your students.
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  • The handout has student writers analyze two fifth graders' published writing with a compare and contrast Venn diagram.
  • Revision is hard, and most teachers recognize it as an area of deficiency; the truth is, a lot of really great writing teachers I know still freely admit that revision is where they struggle the most.
  • revision shouldn't be the first of the seven elements to work on
  • When students like what they've written in rough draft form, they're ready to move to revision. My other six elements aim at helping students increase their pre-writing time so they both like and see more potential in their rough drafts
  • I believe in the power of collaboration and study teams,
  • Professional development research clearly cites the study team model as the most effective way to have learners not only understand new ideas but also implement them enough times so they become regular tools in a teacher's classroom.
  • Below, find three examples created by study teams during past workshops. I use them as models/exemplars when I set the study teams off to work.
  • My students learn to appreciate the act of writing, and they see it as a valuable life-skill.
  • In a perfect world, following my workshop,
  • follow-up tools.
  • I also use variations of these Post-its during my Critical Thinking Using the Writing Traits Workshop.
  • By far, the best success I've ever had while teaching revision was the one I experienced with the revision Post-its I created for my students
  • During my teacher workshop on the writing process, we practice with tools like the Revision Sprint (at right), which I designed to push students to use analysis and evaluation skills as they looked at their own drafts
  • I used to throw my kids into writing response groups way too fast. They weren't ready to provide critical thought for one another
  • The most important trick learned was this: be a writer too. During my first five years of teaching, I had assigned a lot of writing but never once had I written something I intended to show my students.
  • I have the following interactive plot element generator (which can be replicated with three coffee cans and index cards) to help my students feel in control of their options:
  • If you want to hear my take on graphic organizers in detail, you're going to have to hire me to come to present to you. If you can't do that, then I'll throw you a challenge that was thrown once at me, and completing the challenge helped me become a smarter designer of graphic organizers. The challenge came in two parts: 1) learn how to use tables and text boxes in Microsoft Word; 2) for practice, design a graphic organizer that would help students be successfully with the following trait-based skills:
  • "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, etc," which is an interesting structure that students can borrow from to write about other topics, be they fiction or non-fiction.
  • Asking students to create daily journals from the perspective of other animals or even inanimate objects is a great way to borrow this book's idea.
  • it challenges students to analyze the author's word choice & voice skills: specifically his use of verbs, subtle alliteration, and dialogue.
  • Mentor Text Resource Page here at my website, because this topic has become such a big piece of learning to me. It deserved its own webpage.
  • Here are seven skills I can easily list for the organization trait. Organization is: 1) using a strong lead or hook, 2) using a variety of transition words correctly, 3) paragraphing correctly, 4) pacing the writing, 5) sequencing events/ideas logically, 6) concluding the writing in a satisfying way, 7) titling the writing interestingly and so that the title stands for the whole idea. Over the years, I have developed or found and adapted mini-lessons that have students practice these skills during my "Organization Month."
  • Now, let's talk differentiation:
  • The problem with focusing students on a product--instead of the writing process--is that the majority of the instructional time is spent teaching students to adhere to a formula.
  • the goal of writing instruction absolutely should be the helping students practice the three Bloom's levels above apply: analyze, evaluate, and create.
  • Click here to access the PowerPoint I use during the goal-setting portion of my workshop.
  • Improving one's ability to teach writing to all students is a long-term professional development goal; sticking with it requires diligence, and it requires having a more specific goal than "I want to improve writing
  • "Trying to get better at all seven elements at once doesn't work;
  • strive to make my workshops more about "make and take,
  • Robert Marzano's research convinced me years ago of the importance of having learners set personal goals as they learn to take responsibility for their own learning.
Beverly Ozburn

Students Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Mathematical Problem-Solving Communications - 54 views

  • Our four corners and a diamond graphic organizer has five areas: What do you need to find? What do you already know? Brainstorm possible ways to solve this problem. Try your ways here. What things do you need to include in your response? What mathematics did you learn by working this problem?
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      Questions to flesh out the Essential Question.  This would be a great way to implement student blogs in a math class!
  • teachers reported dramatic improvements in students' mathematics scores on open-response items after implementing the four corners and a diamond graphic organizer.
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  • The teachers saw that their lower-ability students, who normally would not have attempted problems, had now written partial solutions.
Susan Martin

Semantic Feature Analysis Graphic Organizer Printouts - EnchantedLearning.com - 49 views

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    Graphic Organizer Black line
Beth Panitz

BrainPOP | Graphic Organizers - 80 views

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    Graphic Organizers can be printed or projected on the whiteboard
Eric Arbetter

Graphic Organizers (Grades 4-8) - 122 views

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    A list of links to graphic organizers for math.
Erin Sturgis

Exploratree - Exploratree by FutureLab - 32 views

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    Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.
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    great online resource for those that like to do stuff visually
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    a free web-based graphic organizer
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    An oldie but a goodie. Plenty of graphic organisers here - and modifiable.
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    Exploratree is a free graphic organizer creation tool. Exloratree users can use pre-made graphic organizer templates which Exploratree refers to as "thinking guides" or create their own templates. The Exploratree thinking guides can be used online or downloaded and printed for offline use.
Martha Hickson

Teachers Guide on The Use of Graphic Organizers in The Classroom - 5 views

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    some of the best websites where teachers can have free access to a variety of graphic organizers templates and other relevant materials
Allison Mimms

Differentiating Instruction with Technology - 110 views

  • instructionalstrategies
  • 1.Recognizing similarities and differences
  • Graphic organizers such as the Venn diagram and Comparison matrix
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  • Represent similarities and differences in graphic or symbolic form
  • Sorting, classifying, using metaphors and analogies
  • Word processing tables (Word software)
  • Web-based/downloadable graphic organizers
  • Inspiration and Kidspiration software
  • Beginning, middle, end
  • Clarifying information
  • Teacher-prepared and student-prepared comments
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  • Cornell Note-taking Forms
  • Inspiration and Kidspiration software
  • NoteStar
  • Read•Write•Think Notetaker
  • Word processing notes (Word software
  • 5.Nonlinguistic representations:
  • Creating graphic representations
  • Drawing pictures and pictographsEngaging in kinesthetic activityGenerating mental picturesMaking physical models
  • Digital camerasGraph Club softwareInspiration and Kidspiration softwareKid Pix software
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    This is from a website that explains why differentiating instruction is important. It also includes ways to incorporate technology in the classroom to help differentiate lessons.
Michelle Parker

Free Printable Graphic Organizers - Freeology - 243 views

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    Amazing graphic organizers to enable students center their thoughts and build comprehension through numerous subjects.
Matt Groves

ReadingQuest | Reading Strategies for Social Studies - 8 views

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    A nice site that a colleague shared with me, it has ready-made graphic organizers that can be tailor made for Social Studies or any class.
N Carroll

15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers - and how to make your own | Ditch That Textbook - 103 views

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    Gr8 Graphic Organizers you can use and share with your students.
Michele Brown

myLinkCloud - 6 views

shared by Michele Brown on 27 Sep 12 - No Cached
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    Organize links.  Visually appealing with the use of website icons and graphics.  Can have multiple start pages so links can be organized by categories.  In beta.
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