Unit Plan: Take One
New Unit Plan
A video demonstrating the use of AlphaSmarts
So what did we change?
During read aloud time, we made the questions visible to the students. We posted a few questions per chapter on sentence strips so students could draw or jot down notes about the chapter as one of the teachers read aloud. We purposefully posted the questions one by one so students could focus on listening to the text and selecting relevant textual evidence to answer the question. We also wrote a grounding question for each chapter. The purpose of the grounding question was to provide a common understanding for later inferential questions in the chapter.
We did not choose all of the vocabulary for our students. Instead we asked them to self select important notes, words to record in their writer’s notebooks, or AlphaSmarts (see video below for an example).
|We also provided a visual representation of the main events in each chapter. We created story maps to highlight the major events in each chapter and assigned one student per chapter to trace them.|
|We asked students to write short paragraphs using their notes and this teacher created graphic organizer. We wanted students to describe the main character’s relationship with other characters in the book.|