So… We starting to put some nice, meaty pages into our ISNs. We use the Holt Literature series in my district and our first unit covers plot, character, setting, and conflict. I start by giving the students some notes on these elements.
Taking notes is a fairly new concept to my 6th graders, so in the beginning I provide them with the notes they need (I created these on Photoshop). We talk about being a good note taker and I let them play with the highlighter a little bit. As the year progresses, I can hopefully make them become more and more responsible for their own note taking, so that by May, all their notes are in their own hand.
Over the next few weeks, my kids will read four or five short stories and/or poems, analyzing their plots, characters, settings, and conflicts. We will also work on answering some of the (dreaded!!) open-ended questions, using the texts to support our thinking.
I’m glad we are finally rolling through the curriculum. I am not a fan of the beginning of the year and teaching the routines. I’m much happier to be settled in and working!
Anyone else use ISNs in ELA?