NF UNIT P1 Day 2

Day 2

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Poem A Day:

I did not have a poem for today. Instead we had an activity to switch up seating and collaborative groups. I had students arrange themselves into groups of four without saying a word. There was only one rule: You can’t work with anyone you have already worked with this year.

I was surprised how quickly they were able to do it and they seemed excited about the new groups.

I then asked the students to share their articles and thoughts on their articles in their new groups.

Mini-lesson:

Today’s objective is to determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; or to provide an objective summary of the text.

I started by distributing copies of the article I chose for the next several class sessions. I will use this as a mentor text and one that I will model every day’s objective with. 

First we read the story. Then we took notes about it together as a class (the students yelled out their thoughts, and I typed them in this doc.  I posted this to Google Classroom for the students to reference as we move through the unit.

Active Engagement:

Students filled out this same doc about their own article and attempted to write an objective summary of their article that determined the central idea and the specific details that developed that idea.

Closure

Students finished the work for homework.

NF UNIT P1 Day 1

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Day 1

Poem A Day:

“Eclipse” Pink Floyd. After reading the lyrics, I told students we were starting a new unit today about nonfiction. Then as a class we mocked up a definition of non-fiction. They called out several examples and I wrote them on the board.

Mini-lesson:

Once students understood that we were going to be learning about a new genre, nonfiction, I asked students to define the following two terms in their notebooks:

Truth

Fact

This obviously opened up a lot of great conversation. Kids love prompts like these that open their minds and challenge them.

Active Engagement:

I pulled a news report from that morning’s NPR Morning Edition. We listened to the podcast and read the transcript. You can really use any story here that appeals to you or your students.

Then, students worked in pairs to answer these questions. 

We came together as a class to discuss our thoughts.

Closure

Students were asked to find a nonfiction news article that is no longer than three months old. They were to fill out the same worksheet with their new article. I also warned them that they would do A LOT OF WORK with that one article for the next week, so I told them to choose something interesting and substantial.