Happy Saturday, Friends!! Have you had spring break yet?!?! Here in NJ, we have not!! And, we’ve got another four weeks until it gets here!! Can you even!?!? I know that by the time it gets it here, a lot of you down south and out west will be close to getting out for the summer.
We are in the middle of what I call the “sweet spot” in school, the time between winter break and spring break. We are in such a groove, the weeks are mostly uninterrupted, and lots of great learning is happening.
So, if you’ve been reading this blog or following me on social media for a bit, then you know that Article of the Week (AoW) is one of the BEST things I do in my room. It truly covers everything important we are learning in middle school and is just the best practice I know of that delivers so much “bang” in such little time.
Recently, I had a teacher reach out and say that while she followed my plans for getting started with an AoW routine, her kids were still struggling to do a good job. I told her that it was likely that her students need more modeling to show them what was expected each week. I explained that just recently, I had to do a little “reminder” about how we tackle the Article of the Week with my kids. And since it was fresh in my mind, I thought I’d do a blog post about it in case there are others struggling, too.
So… the AoW routine that I do with my kids requires quite a few sophisticated skills. And while they’ve been covering these skills in ELA for a long time, they have not mastered most of them yet. Therefore, they still need lots of modeling and practice (with feedback!) about how to tackle them.
I cover elements of nonfiction in September. In that unit, I teach the following:
- Text Features
- Topic, Main Idea, and Supporting Details
- Author’s Purpose
- Organizational Patterns of Nonfiction