So, why is it then, that once summer hits, I start shopping for my classroom, dreaming up new lessons, and planning for the school year to start. It's a mystery, I tell you.
With that, I've now entered full on back-to-school mode. I start up again in about three weeks, so my clock is ticking down. Which is why I'm teaming up with Sara from Ms. Fs Teaching Adventures for a blog hop about the first lesson of the year.
One of the things I do most often in my English class is read complex texts with my students. I expect them to close read and annotate for important details that might be missed from a one time read. But, I'm sure you know that students are often reluctant to read anything again, much less read it the first time. That's why I teach Close Reading right away.
I begin with cartoons, as students consider this "easy" reading. I model several cartoons, and then give them time to practice independently. From there, we pair-share, and ultimately move to whole class discussion. This process is very risk free, and students are able to share as they are comfortable.
By the end of the week (and of course, we continue the practice after the week is finished), students are confident and prepared for my rigorous expectations.
If you'd like to try this out, I have a FREEBIE! that provides my close reading strategy sheet. It is taken from my larger resource, Introduction to Close Reading.
However you start, I hope that you have a fantastic year!
Whoa never thought to start with cartoons. Ok I'm convinced, I might have to steal this.ReplyDelete
Try it, it works so well! Thanks for hosting this blog hop!Delete
What a brilliant idea! Students love cartoons, and starting with cartoons for close reading is a brilliant way to engage them in a skill that can sometimes be a little intimidating for them :)ReplyDelete
Thank you! They are far more willing to participate and put themselves out there when they don't think it's too hard for them.Delete
This is a great way to ease students into close reading! Awesome idea!ReplyDelete
Lol - Funny comic! I'm sure students love starting with cartoons and visual media because our society uses images to communicate for everything now. I think I will try something like this, too! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
These are some great ideas! I never thought about cartoons!ReplyDelete
Great idea! I've done this with paintings and advertisements, but somehow it slipped my mind to use cartoons. Great idea!ReplyDelete
Secondary students love cartoons and you capture what they already love here wonderfully as tools to help them understand and work with close reading. No wonder it works! Thanks for sharing! EllenReplyDelete
I can't wait to try this activity! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete