The final set of lessons takes children deeply into life as literate individuals. Because a child working through this set of lessons requires an understanding of the basic concepts and processes necessary for reading and writing (built through the preschool and kindergarten years), as well as a certain level of independence, it is recommended that these lessons be reserved primarily for first-grade students. Kindergarten teachers should choose selectively from Book 3, based on their students' progress with Books 1 and 2. Through Book 3 lessons, children live, experience, and develop literacy as they learn to take more and more ownership over classroom literacy experiences, and engage in collaborative reading and writing in increasingly more sophisticated ways.
The kidwatching tools in Book 3, to be used selectively, are designed to help children become more and more aware of their developing competencies, to learn to self-evaluate, and to continue to inform your instructional practices.
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Lesson 1: Literature Circles: A Way to Deepen Understanding
Teach the general procedures involved in participating in literature circles and teach children to engage in different collaborative response activities over the course of the school year.
Lesson 2: Retelling and Thinking Stories: A Way to Enhance Experience with Text
Lesson 3: Retelling and Rethinking Nonfiction: A Way to Support Consideration of Key Content
Teach children strategies for retelling and rethinking a story.
Teach children strategies for retelling and rethinking nonfiction text.
Lesson 4: Children Choosing "Just Right" Books to Read
Teach children to choose appropriate texts for various kinds of reading.
Lesson 5: Children Evaluating Their Reading: Brining Learning Activity to a Conscious Level
Teach children to self-evaluate their reading habits and behaviors.
Lesson 6: Writing a Story: Elevating the Workshop Experience
After children gain experience with writing in a workshop setting (Book 1 Lesson 5), and writing personal and biographical narratives (Book 2 Lesson 7), extend your instruction into new genres. The present lesson is designed to teach students a way to craft a story that involves a problem-resolution sequence.
Lesson 7: Writing Nonfiction (Focus on Description): Elevating the Workshop
After children gain experience with writing in a workshop setting (Book 1 Lesson 5), and writing personal and biographical narratives (Book 2 Lesson 7), extend your instruction into new genres. The present lesson is designed to teach students a way to craft a nonfiction piece using the "description" text structure.
Lesson 8: Writing (and Reading) Poetry (Focus on Free Verse): Elevating the Workshop Experience
Teach students to listen to the voices of poets, and get them started writing their own poetry.
Lesson 9: Children Evaluating Their Writing: Brining Learning Activity to a Conscious Level
Teach children to self-evaluate various components of their writing.