Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Teaching Students About the Importance of Signal Words


I am so thrilled with using Content Literacy: Lessons and Texts for Comprehension Across the Curriculum  by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis!  Our next study skills lesson in 8th grade is focusing on signal words and phrases.  I downloaded Ladybug's Teacher Files Transitional Words and Posters as a starting point. I HIGHLY recommend this purchase!  These posters made an anchor chart of signal words and phrases.
After looking more closely at what I wanted to teach, I added my own anchor chart to make sure temporal/time as well as basic conjunctions that signal change or importance when reading.

One of my teacher friends introduced me to the Google extension, Kami, so I incorporated this into my lesson as well.  Kids will hilight the signal word, underline the sentence and use the comment box to tell what the signal word means.    I have an example below.  This tool is so easy to use.  I sent my teenagers a text to add this onto their computers at home!

Credit:  Content Literacy:  Lessons and Text sfor Comprehension Across the Curriculum by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

Finally, gradual release of responsibility is planned.  The first page of the article is going to be demonstrated.  Kids will work in partners to annotate the second page of this article.  Finally, students will be placed in small groups to choose an article from NEWSELA to annotate and share with the class.  I think this lesson will last 3-4 days as this is being taught during our 30 minute WIN (What I Need) block of time this year.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Close Reading and Parallel Annotation with Middle and High School Students

This school year, one of my goals is to work with Middle and High School teachers to develop their strategy file for student comprehension of text.  Heinemann Publishing has a Comprehension Toolkit that includes an incredibly useful text for professional development on disciplinary literacy titled, Content Literacy (Intermediate) Lessons and Texts for Comprehension Across the Curriculum by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis.

I will be using five of these strategies outlining professional development for grades 8-12 this year. The first strategy includes parallel annotation that is clearly outlined in the book.  I have chosen to add close reading in conjunction with this strategy because it will make it that much more effective across the curricular areas. Below are the anchor chart process poster that I created for teachers.

 I absolutely love the idea of marking your thinking on one side of an article or text and marking you reactions and comments on the other side.  This is such an easy organizational system to engage readers!






Here we are as middle and high school teachers learning this strategy.  We have a beautiful, progressive team of teachers working together!




I highly recommend this book for your professional library and for use with professional development in disciplinary literacy.  I purchased 15 copies and expect that I will need more!

Happy reading!