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The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5
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The Common Core Companion: Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5
Elevating Instruction Day by Day



July 2015 | 280 pages | Corwin

You can find hundreds of literacy lessons in hundreds of places—but none of them will do for students what the ones in this book do. What’s the magic bullet? Potent integration.

In this follow-up to her Common Core Companion, Grades 3-5, Leslie Blauman provides an ample supply of connected lessons you can use as booster shots when your students need a good dose of integrated reading and writing instruction. The 50+ lessons are divided into five learning sequences that span the ELA standards, bringing a Monday-through-Friday clarity to a process that often overwhelms teachers and coaches alike.

Follow each sequence and week by week, you’ll build the instructional potency to help students achieve a year’s worth of growth as you integrate:

1.       Reading Craft and Structure with Opinion Writing

2.       Opinion Writing with Evaluating Argument in Informational Text

3.       Narrative Writing with Craft and Structure (words, phrases, key ideas, setting, character, and events)

4.       Informative/Explanatory Text Writing with Reading for Key Ideas

5.       Research to Build and Present Knowledge with Integration of Knowledge and Ideas in Reading

Need a great kickoff to a unit of study or review/intervention lessons toward the end of a unit? Leslie’s booster lessons are eminently “dippable.” Or use her book and its companion website as a planner for deeper, longer-term instructional design. The Common Core Companion Booster Lessons, Grades 3-5, is the resource you’ll turn to again and again for various purposes throughout the year. 

 

 
Introduction
 
LESSON SEQUENCE 1: Integrating Opinion Writing With Evaluating Argument
What Teachers Guide Across the Week  
What Students Do Across the Week  
Booster Reading Lesson 1: Understanding Point of View  
Adapting This Lesson for Other Text Types: Informational  
Companion Writing Lesson 1: Launching Opinion and Persuasive Writing  
Snapshot of a Turn-and-Talk Peer Conference on POV  
Booster Reading Lesson 2: Co-Constructing and Close Reading  
Companion Writing Lesson 2: Determine Structure and Essential Elements  
Language Connections: Formal Versus Informal English  
Booster Reading Lesson 3: Reading and Annotating Fairy Tales  
Companion Writing Lesson 3: Planning and Drafting  
Booster Reading Lesson 4: Compare/Contrast Writing  
Companion Writing Lesson 4: Revision Focus on Transition Words  
Booster Reading Lesson 5: Complete Compare/Contrast Piece  
Companion Writing Lesson 5: Edit and Finalize Piece  
Third-Grade Adaptation  
Fifth-Grade Adaptation  
 
NEXT INSTRUCTIONAL STEPS
What Do I See? A Student Sample of Persuasive Writing  
What Do I See? A Student Sample of Compare and Contrast  
Authentic Assessment: Student Reflection and Evaluation  
Peer Power: How to Use Student Work as Mentor Texts  
If/Then Chart  
Mentor Texts  
Unit Planning: How to Build Out Three Weeks  
 
LESSON SEQUENCE 2: Integrating Reading Craft and Structure With Opinion Writing
What Teachers Guide Across the Week  
What Students Do Across the Week  
Booster Reading Lesson 1: Explaining How an Author Uses Reasons and Evidence in Informational Text  
Companion Writing Lesson 1: Expressing an Opinion in Response to Text  
Booster Reading Lesson 2: Examining How Text Features Help With Main Idea and Evidence  
Companion Writing Lesson 2: Modeling Opinion Writing  
Language Connections: Determine or Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words  
Booster Reading Lesson 3: Using Essential Questions to Dig Deeper  
Companion Writing Lesson 3: Launching Opinion Writing  
Booster Reading Lesson 4: Moving to Independence  
Companion Writing Lesson 4: Working Through the Writing Process  
Booster Reading Lesson 5: Assessing Our Learning  
Companion Writing Lesson 5: Wrapping Up the Writing  
Snapshot of How to Move From a Written Opinion Piece to a Speech  
Third-Grade Adaptation  
Fourth-Grade Adaptation  
 
NEXT INSTRUCTIONAL STEPS
What Do I See? A Student Sample of Response to Reading  
What Do I See? A Student Sample of Response to Reading  
Authentic Assessment: Student Reflection and Evaluation  
Peer Power: How to Use Student Work as Mentor Texts  
If/Then Chart  
Mentor Texts  
Unit Planning: How to Build Out Three Weeks  
 
LESSON SEQUENCE 3: Integrating Narrative Writing With Craft and Structure
What Teachers Guide Across the Week  
What Students Do Across the Week  
Booster Reading Lesson 1: Elements of Myths  
Companion Writing Lesson 1: Starting to Envision an Original Myth  
Adapting This Lesson for Other Text Types: Informational  
Booster Reading Lesson 2: Co-Constructing a Summary and Independent Reading  
Companion Writing Lesson 2: Planning a Myth  
Booster Reading Lesson 3: Mini-Book Clubs  
Companion Writing Lesson 3: Adding Character Description and Dialogue  
Language Connections: Eavesdropping on a Book Club Conversation  
Booster Reading Lesson 4: Looking at Language  
Companion Writing Lesson 4: Rich Language Equals Rich Writing  
Booster Reading Lesson 5: Wrapping Up and Assessment  
Companion Writing Lesson 5: Finalizing the Myths  
Langage Connections: Reading With Fluency  
Third-Grade Adaptation  
Fifth-Grade Adaptation  
 
NEXT INSTRUCTIONAL STEPS
What Do I See? A Student Response to Literary Elements  
What Do I See? A Student Sample of an Original Myth  
Authentic Assessment: Student Reflection and Evaluation  
Peer Power: How to Use Student Work as Mentor Texts  
If/Then Chart  
Mentor Texts  
Unit Planning: How to Build Out Three Weeks  
 
LESSON SEQUENCE 4: Integrating Explanatory Text Writing With Reading for Key Ideas
What Teachers Guide Across the Week  
What Students Do Across the Week  
Booster Writing Lesson 1: Informative/Explanatory Text Makes the World Go 'Round  
Companion Reading Lesson 1: Noticing Text Features  
Adapting This Lesson for Other Text Types: Literature  
Booster Writing Lesson 2: Grouping by Headings  
Companion Reading Lesson 2: How Authors Use Headings  
Booster Writing Lesson 3: Sequencing Information  
Companion Reading Lesson 3: Close Reading a Text and Visuals  
Language Connections: Vocabulary  
Booster Writing Lesson 4: Vocabulary and Elaboration  
Companion Reading Lesson 4: Assessing Understanding With Annotating and Summarizing Text  
Booster Writing Lesson 5: Presenting the “All About” Pieces  
Companion Reading Lesson 5: Presenting the “All About” Pieces  
Snapshot of a Presentation  
Fourth-Grade Adaptation  
Fifth-Grade Adaptation  
 
NEXT INSTRUCTIONAL STEPS
What Do I See? A Student Sample of Informative Text  
What Do I See? A Student Sample of a Topic Written in Two Different Formats  
Authentic Assessment: Student Reflection and Evaluation  
Peer Power: How to Use Student Work as Mentor Texts  
If/Then Chart  
Mentor Texts  
Unit Planning: How to Build Out Three Weeks  
 
LESSON SEQUENCE 5: Integrating Research With Presentation
What Teachers Guide Across the Week  
What Students Do Across the Week  
Booster Writing Lesson 1: Introducing Research and Questions  
Companion Reading Lesson 1: Evaluating Print and Digital Content  
Adapting This Lesson for Other Text Types: Literature  
Booster Writing Lesson 2: Determining Importance and Note-Taking  
Companion Reading Lesson 2: Becoming a Media-Savvy, Critical Reader  
Snapshot of Student Collaboration  
Language Connections: Words in Their Best Order  
Booster Writing Lesson 3: A Focus on Note-Taking  
Companion Reading Lesson 3: Analyzing Notes  
Booster Writing Lesson 4: Drafting  
Companion Reading Lesson 4: Re-Reading and Refining Drafts  
Booster Writing Lesson 5: Putting It All Together  
Companion Reading Lesson 5: Compelling Conclusions  
Third-Grade Adaptation  
Fourth-Grade Adaptation  
 
NEXT INSTRUCTIONAL STEPS
What Do I See? A Student Sample of a Nonfiction Article  
What Do I See? A Student Sample of a Nonfiction Research Piece  
Authentic Assessment: Student Reflection and Evaluation  
Peer Power: How to Use Student Work as Mentor Texts  
If/Then Chart  
Mentor Texts  
Unit Planning: How to Build Out Three Weeks  
 
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