NF UNIT P2 Day 5

Day 5

Poem A Day:

Clean lyrics can be found here. (there is one curse word at the end of the song- it is hard to hear it). The song is all about telling your own story and having your own vision of the world. I think it is inspiring as students prepare to engage in research and critical inquiry.

Mini-lesson:

Today’s objective is: Students will understand how to search for and find reliable information in our school’s LLC.

Our fabulous Librarian is taking over today and teaching my kiddos a lesson about doing research in our library. It never hurts to coordinate with your LLC specialist and get your kids into the Library often. They should feel comfortable there- magical things happen in libraries (#englishteacher).

If I did not have this time with our librarian, I would be modeling for the students how I find reliable sources to answer my research question about Zeitoun.

Active Engagement:

Students will begin searching for credible information from sources outside of their nonfiction books in an attempt to answer a self-generated research question (or a few).

Closure

Recap/answer any questions.

NF UNIT P1 Day 4

Day 4

Poem A Day:

Emily Dickinson “Tell all the Truth”

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Mini-lesson:

Today’s Objective: Students will evaluate the article’s context (Who is the author? The publisher? Advertisers? When is was it published? What was going on in the time and place from where it comes?).

We began by watching this video to prepare for further analysis of their nonfiction articles.

Then, students got out the model text for this unit and worked in pairs to complete this worksheet in order to evaluate the source material they are analyzing.

We share out answers and as a class and I ask the students to determine the credibility of my article based on the activity. They rated it on a scale of 1-10 where 1 is an unreliable source and 10 is totally credible. The students found my article to be anywhere between 5-7. They are critical!

Active Engagement:

Students use their personal choice articles to complete a blank version of the same worksheet. 

Closure

Students have analyzed their articles in various ways at this point, paying close attention to different types of details.  For homework, I asked them to use their notes so far to write an analysis. This is due next class. (after a weekend)