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Collaborative Summarizing in 7th Grade History

Watch this video to see how students work in pairs to summarize a grade 7 history text after their teacher, Mr. Harris, models how to locate the best information and combine and condense ideas into summaries.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Sentence Deconstruction in 4th Grade

Mrs. Garegnani teaches her 4th grade students about deconstructing sentences and about “nominalization” by looking closely at science information texts.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Scaffolded Language Analysis 3rd Grade

In this video, Ms. Garegnani supports her grade 3 students to analyze the complex texts they’re reading for specific linguistic features.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Academic Vocabulary Instruction in Kindergarten

Watch Ms. Sovitsky as she uses a variety of strategies to support her students to learn a new general academic vocabulary word from a rich literary text she’s just read aloud.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Repeated Interactive Read-Aloud in Kindergarten

In this video, Ms. Sovitsky engages her kindergarten students in thinking, listening, and speaking during an interactive read-aloud with a rich literary text.

SOURCE: California Department of Education Professional Learning Module Series

Teaching Foundational Skills to Help Students Become Effective Writers

This recommended practice focuses on providing instruction on foundational writing skills, such as handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing. This presentation describes how to help students become fluent in these foundational skills, allowing them to focus more on developing and communicating their ideas.

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Not Grammar for Grammar’s Sake

 

Listen to a member of the IES Panel discuss the importance of teaching spelling and of supporting students in learning to construct sentences that convey their intended meaning. Teaching these foundational writing skills needs to be embedded in the entire writing process.

FEATURING: Deborah McCutchen, University of Washington

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Building a Solid Foundation for Writing

Teachers describe how they teach handwriting, spelling, and sentence construction skills. The teachers also use technology in their classroom to explore texts with their students and to teach typing skills.

FEATURING: Erin Boyce, Sarah Boddie & Sarah Kim, Eagle View Elementary School (VA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

 

Keep It Simple

Teachers can use this template to teach sentence construction in different subject areas to show sentence patterns and to help students construct simple and complex sentences. Listen to the audio interview, Learning to Construct Effective Sentences, to learn more about how to help students to construct sentences.

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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