How are you going to get students engaged?
Develop student interest and link their prior knowledge.
Start the Student Learning Map of the unit with students.
Preview key vocabulary with students.
Read aloud your favorite story. As you read, complete the "Strategies for Active Reading" graphic organizer with the students. Use the document camera as you read, think aloud, and complete the organizer so that the students can follow along. Discuss what constitutes "good reading" with the students and have them complete a reading interest survey. Finish by asking those who are willing to bring in their favorite stories to share.
1. Tell the students that they are in luck! They will be listening to you read your favorite story!
2. Give each student the attached Strategies for Active Reading graphic organizer. Be ready to fill one out using a document camera so that your students are able to see what you are writing.
3. As you read, complete the organizer. Using a think-aloud strategy, let them hear the connections you are making.
4. After you finish, begin a discussion with the students about why this is your favorite story and what, in your eyes, constitutes a good book or a good story.
5. Move the focus of the discussion to the students, and list--or let them list-- on the board their standards for good reading.
6. See if you can get titles of books and stories that they remember reading and enjoying.
7. Have them complete a Reading Interest Inventory and collect them.
8. Homework: Ask those who can to bring in a favorite story to share.
Document Camera, Favorite Story, attached graphic organizers