Well, we made it through another Monday! This Monday was great for me! How was your Monday?
As some of you know from reading other posts, I moved to another school within the same district this year. This school is really strong on professional development and using best practices throughout the curriculum. One specific aspect of my instruction that I have changed this year and LOVED is deliberately teaching a content standard and a reading strategy the same week. I always coordinate the strategy with the content so they work together. Last week, I taught speeches as the content standard and Using Evidence Based Terms was the strategy.
For speeches, our standards require us to teach audience, main point, purpose and summarize. I used these cute posters from my Speeches Pack to liven up my usually boring anchor charts. I also wrote things we had discussed in class to make it meaningful to my students.
Here is an example of some evidence based terms being used to support an answer on one of our speech handouts (also included in the Speeches Pack with three other speeches).
Overall, I feel like the students gained a better understanding of speeches by teaching this strategy with the content. We are continuing this strategy this week while we work on identifying the theme of a text....which is an entirely other tricky skill! More on that later.
And before I leave you...here is a glimpse of my laminated Valentine centers. I will be busy cutting these out this week!I would love to hear how you teach reading strategies as well as content in your classroom!