Published on July 10, 2014
Marking the Text: Marking the Text Created by Melodee Morgan 7/10/2014 Objective : Objective Students will be able to mark the text according to specific strategies and learn how to conduct a close-reading of informational text. Introduction to Marking the Text : Introduction to Marking the Text Marking the text is an active reading strategy that requires students to identify specific information in the text that is relevant to the reading purpose. Students will complete a few tasks in this activity: 1) number each paragraph, 2) circle key words and vocab specific to the text, and 3) underline phrases that supports the author’s claim. Demonstrate the skill…: Demonstrate the skill… Make copies or pass out a consumable that students are able to write on. As a class, say aloud the first two words of each paragraph and the number you will assign to that paragraph. For example, we all say ONE and read the first two words of that paragraph…then we all say TWO and read the first two words of that paragraph. This way we are all in agreement as to the number for each paragraph. Demonstrate the skill (cont’d)…: Demonstrate the skill (cont’d)… Read the first paragraph aloud to the students and demonstrate how to circle key words. Remind students that they don’t need to circle words like “she” or “worked” but words specific to the subject of the article. Perhaps these are words they need to look up in the dictionary or discuss with their group. Then demonstrate how to underline phrases that support the author’s claim. Guided Practice : Guided Practice After demonstrating the skill, students will take about 15 minutes (adjust according to length of text) and silently read and mark the text. After all students are finished then read the text aloud as a class. Call on students to read a paragraph at a time, which is easy since we have already numbered each paragraph. Go through each paragraph and discuss which words were circled and what phrases underlined. Apply the skill/strategy: Apply the skill/strategy Now that students are familiar with this close reading strategy, assign this as a homework assignment. When students return to class you are able to pick up with the second read. At this point the activity becomes just one step before an academic discussion such as a Socratic Seminar or Philosophical Chair. Assessment and Reflection: Assessment and Reflection Student are not able to self-assess in the beginning stages of this learning this skill so the teacher must model, guide, and assess. As students learn to conduct a close- read, they can peer assess and reflect on marking the text. Assessment and Reflection, cont’d: Assessment and Reflection, cont’d When students conduct a close read then bring the materials to an academic discussion, it is simple to assess based on their contributions. Students will be able to cite evidence and state the author’s claim. After an academic discussion students are able to craft a written reflection citing evidence and supporting the author’s claim in their response.