P.A.R.C.C. LANGUAGE ARTS INFORMATION AND PRACTICE TESTS ARE EXPLAINED BEAUTIFULLY ON THIS SITE FROM MARLBORO WHERE EACH TYPE OF PROBLEM IS MODELED BY A FABULOUS TEACHER THAT HAS SHARED HIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION WITH ALL OF US! Click on the link below and take the time to browse his P.A.R.C.C power point mini lessons and demonstrations in LA!
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Our children begin the year enjoying some free reading while I focus on each of them, individually, testing for reading levels. Once this short testing period is over, The Reader's Workshop Launch program set the stage. The children are well aware of how workshop goes, so it will be an easy transition into the year. Our second unit of study focuses on fiction, and we follow characters to gain new insight into text meaning. Then, we embark on a Nonfiction unit where the children read articles, view video clips, study books, and then collect information on a particular topic. They learn how to take notes, summarize, compare and contrast, as well as gather important information from unimportant information. They learn that nonfiction reading has a structure and purpose. Following the nonfiction unit our readers will begin a unit of close reading where they realize how to analyze text by going back with different "lenses" to grow ideas about text, author's purpose and character choices.
At home, every student in my class is required to read faithfully, for at least 20 minutes, and log their reading in their individualized reading log. Usually the students jot on sticky notes each night as they read, unless I assign a different homework. The reading log, and all reading homework, must always be completed and kept in their reading notebook.
Reading Workshop, one of my favorite parts of the day, is when the children settle down on the carpet and after writing down the teaching point for the day, watch and listen as I teach them a reading strategy, model how to use it, and then they practice it, during their own reading time. The children usually begin with reading partners and learn how to partner talk about reading. They read the same book and practice the reading skills and strategies learned with each other. The students keep their reading notebooks near and jot as they read. Along with partner reading, the students join reading clubs and read the same books on the same level. Here as the year progresses, students enjoy following club rules and promises, as they enjoy several books together.
As they move into their separate reading groups or off with their reading partners, to their designated reading spots around the room, I drop by to observe each of them and do what we call a conference with them. As I conference, I take note of things they are doing perfectly and compliment them on their improvements! I also watch to see where I may help them to improve. It's a loving, caring, peaceful time.
Starting off with testing then moving into a short week or so of launching, where I review and model important reading strategies, rules, and procedures, we'll jump right into our Character unit of study, where we'll
"walk in our character's shoes" and feel emotional attached to them. It's absolutely amazing how compassionate the children become!
The Best Part? After we complete each unit of study, we will have a celebration where you can come and share their reading accomplishments and joy. So keep an eye out for your invitation each trimester.
Please enjoy the points of interest below this note.
Reading Workshop: A comfortable, predictable place to watch, listen, and learn, and then step inside our books to walk in our character's shoes or experience a nonfiction topic with excitement!
Every night, your child must read for at least 20 minutes. There will be specific reading assigned but when there is not, they may choose anything to read. All reading must be logged writing the time read, the author, and of course the name of the book. Thanks!
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