This year our elementary and middle school students have focused on close reading strategies to build perseverance and grit with complex text. However, it is a strategy even beginning readers can use!
This morning I was afforded the opportunity to visit with the staff at Fredrick Post Kindergarten and share ideas for supporting emergent readers in the close reading of text. This seemed like a perfect fit for their current caterpillar and butterfly unit!
The resources from this morning are available in the shared Google Drive folder and are accessible to anyone. Also included are two example lessons using The Very Hungry Caterpillar and From Caterpillar to Butterfly. Readworks.Org is also an excellent resource for informational text passages that can be used in the classroom.
Teacher Amanda Hartman on Vimeo:
TextProject is a non-profit out of California that provides free resources for at-risk and beginning readers. The site currently has three separate informational text resources available for free download. Start downloading today!
My favorite TextProject resource is Talking Points for Kids which is developed for struggling readers in grades 4-6. Each informational reader focuses on a debatable current topic and includes differing points of view. The end of each reader includes writing prompts and a graphic organizer for students. Teachers could easily turn these prompts into argumentative writing performance tasks similar to those presented on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. These readers are similar to the Paired Text and Debate articles in Scholastic’s Scope and Storyworks Magazines. Try one of the readers below or visit the Talking Points for Kids website for more topics!
Summer Reads is another Text Project resource that includes engaging informational readers for students in grades 3-5. Each level contains seven short chapter books. Teachers and students can access audio clips and comprehension questions related to each book from the TextProject website as well. Although produced to engage students during the summer months, these books could easily be sent home during the school year or over spring break.
Beginning Reads is a collection of beginning readers designed to connect students’ oral language to written text. There are currently ten levels of Beginning Reads books on the TextProject website. Each level focuses on a related concept and topic and become progressively more difficult. The free books include simple pictures and connected vocabulary for emergent readers. The Beginning Reads books can be downloaded from TextProject or free from iTunes.
Know any other good resources for informational text or argumentative writing? Let me know!