Last week I had the opportunity to model a close reading lesson in our fifth grade classroom. The classroom teacher asked me to do this so her student teacher would be able to incorporate close reading instruction into the ELA block. The fifth grade teacher asked me to use the passage "I Will Fight No More Forever" which she found in 24 Nonfiction Passages for Test Prep: Grades 4-5. Below you will see my lesson plan, a PDF of my slides, as well as a video excerpt of my lesson.
Note: I used my Swivl for this lesson and forgot to turn on the auto tilt! I promise there are 20 fifth graders in the classroom, unfortunately you just can't see them!
Close Reading Lesson Plan:
During my presentation at the International Literacy Association's annual conference, I shared a playlist of songs I have used for close reading lessons. Attendees asked if I had a list of the songs I have used, and I promised I would post them on my website once i returned from the conference.
Below are the song titles I have used in close reading lessons with grades 3-5:
Songs used for Close Reading Lessons
"The Circle of Life" by Elton John
"Let it Go" by Idina Menzel
"Firework" by Katy Perry
"Roar" by Katy Perry
"Brave" by Sara Bareilles
"Be" by Usher
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield
"Bare Necessities" from Jungle Book
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to model an ELA lesson in fifth grade. The class has been reading biographies, and the teacher wanted them to work on sequencing the historical figure's life events using a timeline. Rather than simply going in and teaching the students how to make a timeline, I decided to use a modified version of the Gradual Release Model. Below you will find the lesson information. If you aren't familiar with ReadWriteThink's Timeline Generator, I highly recommend you check it out. The Timeline Generator is one of over fifty-nine student interactives ReadWriteThink provides free of charge.
Learning Target: I can create a timeline to sequence events.
Technology Tools Used: ReadWriteThink's Timeline Generator, Mr. Nussbaum's Biographies
I do: Helen Keller
Walk through creating a timeline using Helen Keller's life.
1880 Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama
1881 Blind and deaf from high fever
1890 Knew manual alphabet, Braille, and how to use the typewriter
1904 Graduated from Radcliffe College
1964 Presented with Medal of Freedom
1965 Elected to Women’s Hall of Fame
We do: Derek Jeter
Read the passage as a class, then together create a timeline of Derek Jeter's life/career.
1974 Born in Peqannock, New Jersey
1991 Played Minor League Baseball
1995 Made it to the Majors
1996 Rookie of the Year
2012 Career Batting Average .313
You do: Lou Gherig
Students were to read Lou Gherig's biography, and then create a timeline of his life. I created a Padlet for students to share their finished timelines. Due to time, the classroom teacher decided to have students not complete this part, and instead create a timeline based on a historical figure they read about last week.