I'm so excited to link up with Jivey for Workshop Wednesday! This week's topic is a big one: graphic organizers! I use graphic organizers ALL the time in my read alouds to model the great thinking kids should do in their independent reading.
Right now, I am focused on CCSS 5.5 (explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem). On our most recent practice test, this was a huge area of concern. Can I be honest and say that I wasn't even really sure what they kids needed to do demonstrate mastery of this standard until I saw some of the prompts on this test? The one that stands out to me was something like, "The first paragraph of this passage describes the setting. Why did the author include the second paragraph?" Once I saw that question, I realized that the students needed to be able to determine the purpose of different parts of a story. They would need to explain WHY the author included different chapters and parts of a passage.
Keeping this goal in mind, I created this little organizer.
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I used this graphic organizer to model my thinking as we read Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting. Please don't judge my chart! I didn't really think I'd be sharing it!
Right now, my guided reading group (The Tale of Despereaux) is working on the same chart, but instead of working with pages, they are working with the four books within the book.
Tell me, how do you use graphic organizers in your classroom?