ENG1D6U2L1: Using Reading Strategies

October 21, 2014:

Today we read the beginning portion of Everyman. Students used their reading strategies to begin to explore the text. Students were required to make TEN annotations on the opening of the text. The annotations must include the following FIVE reading strategies:

  • Predicting
  • Questioning
  • Summarizing
  • Visualizing
  • Inferring

Students may then use any additional (or repeat the above strategies in any combination) to round out their TEN annotations.

Annotations must:

  1. Name the reading strategy used.
  2. Specifically address the portion of the text to which it refers.
  3. Be legible and understandable (I need to be able to read it and you need to make your thinking visible).
  4. Be as descriptive as possible.
  5. Be no more than a sentence or two.

Copies of the text were collected at the end of the period and we will resume working on this activity next class.

October 23, 2014:

We began today by reviewing the requirements and due dates for the Indy Reading project.

Due to the Student Elections (and a variety of school-related interruptions) we were not able to complete the lesson from last class. We will do so on Monday October 27.

October 27, 2014:

Today we will pair up to share our annotations. In groups, students will determine which are most helpful to our understanding of the text.

We will then discuss how our classroom discussions might be extended online. We'll decide what makes an effective "tweet" and generate success criteria for a classroom "backchannel" (similar to a discussion on twitter, but using a different service -see below).

I will then read the passage from the play, and students will "backchannel" the readig using Today's Meet. Please bring your devices (phones, etc) to class for this activity.

We will end up with a shared note-taking for the beginning of the play and we will use these notes as a springboard for our discussions.