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Wilmer Elementary December 2015

Remembering What's Important....

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Reading Comprehension Strategies....

There are six main types of comprehension strategies (Harvey and Goudvis; 2000):

  1. Make Connections—Readers connect the topic or information to what they already know about themselves, about other texts, and about the world.
  2. Ask Questions—Readers ask themselves questions about the text, their reactions to it, and the author's purpose for writing it.
  3. Visualize—Readers make the printed word real and concrete by creating a “movie” of the text in their minds.
  4. Determine Text Importance—Readers (a) distinguish between what's essential versus what's interesting, (b) distinguish between fact and opinion, (c) determine cause-and-effect relationships, (d) compare and contrast ideas or information, (e) discern themes, opinions, or perspectives, (f) pinpoint problems and solutions, (g) name steps in a process, (h) locate information that answers specific questions, or (i) summarize.
  5. Make Inferences—Readers merge text clues with their prior knowledge and determine answers to questions that lead to conclusions about underlying themes or ideas.
  6. Synthesize—Readers combine new information with existing knowledge to form original ideas, new lines of thinking, or new creations.

Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies.....

When you introduce a new comprehension strategy, model during read-aloud and shared reading:

  1. Decide on a strategy to model.
  2. Choose a short text or section of text.
  3. Read the text ahead of time. Mark locations where you will stop and model the strategy.
  4. State your purpose—name the strategy and explain the focus of your think-alouds.
  5. Read the text aloud to students and think aloud at the designated points.
  6. If you conduct a shared reading experience, have students highlight words and phrases that show evidence of your thinking by placing self-stick notes in the book.
  7. Reinforce the think-alouds with follow-up lessons in the same text or with others.

Formative Assessment: Formative assessment is a process that uses informal assessment strategies to gather information

Examples/Non-Examples - Encourage your students to provide you with examples and non examples of a topic being studied. The examples and non-examples provide you with information regarding the depth of understanding of your students. For example, during a unit on recycling, ask your students to provide you with examples of recycling and examples that do not involve recycling. While studying a unit on mixtures and solutions in science, review mixtures and determine student understanding by asking students to provide you with examples and non examples of mixtures. Ask students to explain their reasoning for classifying each example and non-example.

PST Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

If you have anyone to refer, or follow up on, you will need to bring all needed paper and documentation. Go ahead and bring copies of work samples as well as STAR or STAR Early Literacy/Math scores. If you have questions on what you need you can ask Mrs. Browning or your grade level members. Be ready to discuss what you have already done for this child and as a PST team we will come up with new ideas.

STAR Early/STAR Reading Progress Monitoring Forms Due

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 2pm

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

Students that are listed under Urgent Intervention or Intervention under STAR Reading or STAR Early Literacy should be retested by today. You will need to fill out a Progress Monitoring Form with Teacher's Name, Grade Level, Date Tested, Old Scaled Score, New Scaled Score, and Any Special Information Needed. These need to be placed in my box before you leave at the end of the day. (*** Due to ASPIRE testing and Thanksgiving Holidays if you did not test already, you can have until Friday, December 4th to get these scores turned in to me***)

2.2 Item Analysis Due

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 2pm

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

Place a COPY of your item analysis for CFA 2.2 in my box before leaving for the day.

CFA Training

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 8:30am

7456 Wilmer Georgetown Road

Wilmer, AL

We will continue CFA training. Remember all teachers need to bring reading or math standards with you to the meeting. We will begin determining priority standards for the CFA unit we will create together.
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