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Age Range: Grade 9 through grade 12 (High School)
WRITING : Students will be able to develop extended sentences and develop note-taking and summarizing skills.
DEVELOPS QUICK WRITES : The students will be able to complete one paragraph each day throughout the week responding to a given prompt involving one of their vocabulary words in the form of a journal question. They will do so under the think/pair/share process. The students will also practice vocabulary through the completion of the Four Square Vocabulary activity.
READING: Comprehension: students will be able to understand text structure, make connections and build critical thinking skills.
FLUENCY: students will be able to exercise their ability to read and speak with accuracy, speed, and prosody by reading the textbook's section and doing presentations on activities completed in class.
VOCABULARY: the students will be provided with student friendly definitions for each vocabulary word. The word wall will be used to support instruction, the graphic organizer will be used to insure word meaning, and group activities will be formulated around exercising and reviewing their obtained knowledge of the vocabulary words.
Students will be able to define a common noun, collective noun, and proper noun. Students will be able to identify and label nouns in a sentence.
Students will be able to define and understand the six different reading strategies: predict, connect, evaluate, question, clarify, and visualize.
Students will be able to read the short story "A Plainswoman" that includes an engaging plot, effectively developed characters, a clearly described setting, dialogue, and figurative language. As they read the story, students will be able to exercise their reading strategies skills by creating a graphic organizer of their use of the strategies.
Key vocabulary: predict, connect, evaluate, question, clarify, visualize, collective noun, noun, and proper noun.
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The teacher will lecture on nouns and will provide the students with notes on nouns retrieved from the Language Network. The teacher will provide students with student-friendly definitions for the vocabulary words of the week. The teacher will lecture on the different reading strategies and provide corresponding notes to the students. The teacher will model to the students the application of the reading strategies to text and will guide students to the completion of a reading strategy poster and graphic organizer. The teacher will guide students through a whole class reading of the following short story: "A Plainswoman". The teacher will create a vocabulary, noun, and reading strategy quiz for the students to assess their understanding of new concepts.
Students will actively listen to lecture and take notes on the various parts of speech covered for this section. They will complete assigned exercises and activities that will allow for them to review the parts of speech as well.
Students will define the different reading strategies and will be able to create a representative poster for one strategy.
Students will read a short story with a purpose. For the story "A Plainswoman" students will be able to practice and apply their knowledge on the reading strategies by completing a graphic organizer as they read.
Students will be able to complete the Four Square graphic organizer for all vocabulary words viewed each week.
Extended time will be given to students who need it. Various scaffolding techniques will be utilized for students requiring extra help, including "chunking" of assignments and one on one teaching.