Published on June 15, 2007
Unit Six: Unit Six Expository Text Unifying Focus TEXAS HISTORY: Unifying Focus TEXAS HISTORY Social Studies Text and Other Related Readings Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Unit 6: Expository Text Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 1 Expository Text Structure Expository Text Features Context Clues Reading Selections: Reading Selections Social studies textbook Encyclopedia articles (from the library or online) Web sites Trade books Early Explorers of Texas: Early Explorers of Texas Based on Fourth Grade CLEAR Social Studies Syllabus Compare and contrast Cause and effect Adapt as needed to correlate with your social studies instruction. Independent Reading: Independent Reading Limited choice Sources Online resources Encyclopedias Trade books Textbook material Partners Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 2 Maps Pre- and During Reading Skills Ideas for Writing Lesson Adaptation: Lesson Adaptation Read the sample think-aloud found in Unit 6, A6. Read an alternative selection provided in your handout. Work with your group to write a think-aloud based on the selection in which you focus on the reading skills identified in Lesson 2. Be prepared to share your think-aloud. Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 3 Cause and Effect Visual Media What Is Visual Media?: What Is Visual Media? Photographs Drawings, graphics, and/or illustrations (traditional illustrations, graphic representations, graphs, text types, cartoons, websites Television and film Creating a Personal Timeline: Creating a Personal Timeline Look at the examples of timelines provided. Create a timeline. Use scale. Add significant events. Illustrate a few events. Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 4 Cause and Effect Note Taking Main Idea/Details Descriptive Writing Descriptive Writing: Descriptive Writing Select an event from your timeline. Brainstorm sensory details about the event. Write a short narrative about the event using sensory details. Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 5 Note Taking Main Idea/Details Prepositional Phrases Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 6 Summarization Note Cards Oral Retells Strong lead Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 7 Summarization Revise: topic sentence, organization, extraneous material Edit, proofread Oral Retells Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lessons 8-9 Text Coding ? * ! Reading Response Looking at the Lessons: Looking at the Lessons Lesson 10 Literature Circles Unit Test Assessment Opportunities: Assessment Opportunities Ongoing informal assessment Personal timelines Summaries (B12) Oral retells (B9) Unit test (A16, B17) Assessment Opportunities: Assessment Opportunities My Writing/Notebook (B18) Reading response (B13) Student self-evaluations (B16) Other practice activities Additional options: lesson/unit review questions and other social studies resource material Major Concepts and Skills: Major Concepts and Skills Reading and Comprehending Expository Text Using Visual Media Major Concepts and Skills: Major Concepts and Skills Identifying Main Idea/Details Note Taking Summarizing Speaking Skills Major Concepts and Skills: Major Concepts and Skills Descriptive Writing imagery/sensory details Grammar/Conventions prepositional phrases reteach/reinforce those needed by your students (Lessons 8 and 9) Adaptations: Adaptations Limited Resources Using the Basal Limited Resources: Limited Resources Assign small groups sections of the textbook to read. Have students write a think-aloud, summarize, and/or answer text-provided questions. Have students 'teach' the class by presenting a think-aloud on the section. Using the Basal : Using the Basal Choose a selection for instruction/concept development. Pre- and during reading skills Main idea and details Note taking Summarization Using the Basal: Using the Basal Choose selection(s) for students to read independently and complete practice activities. Identification of main idea/details Note taking Summarization Illustration Oral retell Using the Basal: Using the Basal Illustration and Oral Retell Accompany summary Most interesting Surprising Favorite part Think-Aloud as an Alternative Using the Basal: Using the Basal Text Coding/Reading Response/Literature Circles Select related article(s). Magazine Web site: www.timeforkids.com; www.sikids.com; www.nationalgeographic.com/ngforkids.com Newspaper Classroom subscriptions Use basal selection and Post-it notes.