K-6 ELA Resources & Updates

February 2016

Poetry, Poetry, Poetry

Poetry can be fun to teach students, but it can also be challenging. As teachers, sometimes we only share the humorous poems with students because they enjoy them. Poetry is so much more than humor. Poetry can also be a genre that makes teacher uncomfortable to teach because of our own experience with the genre.

Our job is to help students read deeply in fiction as well as poetry. We usually spend time having student write poetry, which is a good thing, but we also need to spend time reading and discussing the reading genre too.

Lessons from The Reading Strategies Book:

11.7 Picture it pg. 306

11.17 Word Relationships in Phrase pg. 316

11.23 Be Alert for Word Choice pg.322

(Many other lessons for the book will work too. Try looking at the synthesizing and inferring lessons.)

Here are a few thinking stems to use with your poetry lessons:

  • I'm picturing...
  • I'm imagining...
  • Why did the author use _____ in the poem?
  • What is the subject of the poem?
  • Why was the poem written?
  • What do you notice about the structure of the poem?
  • What is the theme of the poem?
  • What is the tone of the poem?
  • I can infer...

Teacher Resources:





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Why is independent reading & writing time so important for all?

When we give students time to be independent readers and writers, it allows them time to practice what they've learned and take risks. Not only allowing students time to practice, this independent time allows teachers to be able to have conferences and small groups during reading and writing time. Students should be reading and writing independently for about 20-30 minutes each day. If you are using the workshop model, building in this independent time is easier incorporate than a classroom not using the workshop model.

Things to remember when allowing student the independent time:

1. Students need to be taught what to do during independent time. We write when it's writing time and we read when it's reading time.

2. This not a time for students to work on only the one skill you taught during your mini-lesson. This becomes a time for them to also practice all the other strategies and ideas you have given them during the unit.

3. This is a time for teachers to conference and pull small groups. This is not a time to catch up on your emails or prepare for your next lesson.

4. Independent time is really built on choice...choice reading and choice writing. You might want to give them the genre of writing to be working on, but they will write more if you give them some choice.

Teacher resources:





Readers Reread and Annotate to Prepare for Small Group Work (3-5)
Assessment-Based Conferring to Raise the Level of Narrative Writing so the Writer can Convey Events Precisely (3-5)
Using a Learning Progression to Support Self-Assessment and Writing about Themes in Literature: Small Group Work (3-5)

Teachers College Home Grown Institute-Reading Workshop

Monday, July 25th 2016 at 8:30am to Thursday, July 28th 2016 at 4pm

Carroll ISD Admin Center

Please take a look at your calendars. We have another exciting professional development opportunity for you this summer.

Teacher College will be sending 2 Professional Developers to Southlake to teach us again this summer. I'm positive anyone who participated last year would recommend this training to you. If you were changed a few years back or never trained, I'd really encourage you to get on the list.

If you are interested, please contact your campus principal.

You will receive:

20 hours of Flex Time for 2016-2017

6 hours of G/T update for 2016-2017