As we begin learning how to write summary paragraphs as part of Step Up to Writing, we are also working on building abilities to read informational texts. During the past two weeks, we read two news articles from NewsELA.
First, we read “Famous Speeches: Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream". After, we created Frayer Model vocabulary cards based on one or two unknown words. This was our first time creating the cards, so most students followed along as Ms. Priester created a sample.
Next, we read “There is a new White House family as Donald Trump becomes president.” This time, we had the options of create a vocabulary card of an unknown word:
The cards we created for the article about the presidential inauguration were graded. Last week, cards were returned so students could correct mistakes and announcements were made to remind students to submit late cares. Even with this support, quite a few students still need to practice creating vocabulary cards, as shown in the table below. Many students struggled with the synonym, antonym, and sentence sections. We will continue to review these elements in upcoming lessons.
As always, students can re-submit and redo the vocabulary cards for full credit. Also, as we create vocabulary cards for new articles, students can ask to have them graded to replace previous low scores.
Next, we will learn to identify and write the main ideas of an article as we work toward our goal:
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