Sunday, April 26, 2015

The City of Ember Complete Literacy Unit

 I finally finished The City of Ember unit and I am so excited to share this print ready unit that incorporates best practices in literacy instruction.  This book engages ALL students and the unit is infused with metacognitive strategies and thinking marks.  It is sure to be a hit with your students!

Daily plans are based on 45 minute class periods.  This is a suggested progression that you should  adjust per your literacy block and the student needs in your classroom.

Our students were still having trouble writing a main idea sentence, so we added in a “big idea” anchor chart where, after reading a series of chapters, we followed the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then format and wrote one or two sentences.  This really helped firm up their understanding of this strategy.  We emphasized that as we write these key sentences, they relate to the “I can” statement of explaining how a series of events connect together.
Visualization, determining importance, asking questions and inferencing were taught through mini-lessons and applied through marking our thinking assignments.
Teacher modeling of all strategies has been built into lesson plans.

Think notes and rubrics are utilized through the gradual release of responsibility throughout this unit.

Here is the {LINK} to my unit at Teachers Pay Teacher.  I have added the preview slides below as well.  

Happy Reading!


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