So last year, we had a few kids in fifth grade who didn’t pass The Test. And by a few, I mean a lot. In Texas, fifth graders take The Test once in March and then the kids who failed get another opportunity to retake in May. So in the meantime, we had to make some things happen for these kids.
After talking to the kids about what areas they struggled in, and after talking with Rachel Reyna of Fisher-Reyna about some helpful strategies for comprehending, we realized our kids didn’t really know what to look for when they read different genres. Their previous experiences (K-4) hadn’t really been genre-based, and they were struggling to navigate different genres and know what to focus on.
At this point, we put together some strategies to help them focus on the structure of the genre first, to improve their comprehension. We started with fiction.
Fiction is special because in fiction, we have characters. As I mentioned in my previous post, Fiction is all about CHARACTER. Our kids were lacking that understanding. So my teaching buddy, Chris, and I put together several tools for them to help them focus on this.
They worked so well and really gave kids an “anchor” to hold on to, so we’re now using them during our fiction unit at the beginning of the school year in grades 2-5.
First, we wrote a chant. It’s to the tune of a cadence, or sound-off.
Main Character you know the best You see them most throughout the text. Motivation towards their goal Their actions unfold as the story is told.
Fiction, Drama, Poems, DETAILS!
The conflict comes from want or need Becoming the problem, yes indeed! The conflict must now be resolved Their solution begins to evolve. Fiction, Drama, Poems, CONFLICT! Once the story begins to unfold The outcome may be very bold The character will surely earn
An important lesson learned.
Fiction, Drama, Poems, THE THEME!We chanted it every day and added gestures to represent the important pieces we wanted the kids to know:Main Character: frame the faceMotivation/Goal: hands over hear (cause it’s what you WANT)Conflict: fists pushing towards each otherResolution: hands folded togetherLesson Learned: finger to head as if thinking
Click back tomorrow to learn about how we helped kids fiction process text with a pocket chart!Pin It
Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!