Saturday, November 5, 2016

Interactive Book Report Project

It's Interactive...

It's Fun!

Sometime the best way to assess students' knowledge about the literary devices is to have them complete a book report. This Interactive Book Report Project is different than the typical book's very interactive...allowing students to choose the type of book report they'd like to create, from a simple poster board to a three-dimensional, Power Point, or Prezi project.


You will see that students not only complete a form of the literary devices pertaining to their student-choice novel, they also must locate and define FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE used in their novel AND select three unfamiliar vocabulary words and how they used CONTEXT CLUES to determine their meaning.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Interactive Vocabulary Unit Quarter 1

What does the research say about vocabulary instruction?
Research states that …one of the five essential components of reading instruction is vocabulary (Mancilla-Martinez & Lesaux, 2010), and that the continuous deficit in vocabulary knowledge…represents a major obstacle to academic achievement in vital areas such as reading comprehension… (August, Carlo, Dressler, & Snow, 2005). This vocabulary deficit is so large that it will take a multiyear approach of vocabulary instruction to substantially impact [this deficit](Biemiller, 1999); (Nagy, 2005).

What should we do about vocabulary instruction?
…vocabulary instruction should be multi-faceted, teaching of individual words, development of word learning strategies [i.e. use of context clues], fostering of word consciousness [i.e. prefix, root, and suffix]…(Baumann, Ware, & Edwards, 2007; Graves, 2006). This is called the Multi-faceted Vocabulary Instruction Program (MCVIP).

…limit focus on dictionary definitions and support instruction that presents words in a variety of contexts, provides multiple exposures, and promotes students’ active processing of new meanings (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2013; Stahl & Fairbanks, 1986).

This Interactive Vocabulary Quarter 1 Unit will assist students in the process of learning and thus transferring the use of vocabulary words to a variety of content areas.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Citing Text Evidence Sentence Starters 

Text Coding  

Comments, Questions, and Concerns 

Here are three student resources students can place in their binders for quick reference.
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Parts of Speech & Punctuation Diagnostic

What can we as educators say about learning the parts of speech and correct punctuation?

Well, we realize that these components are a viable part of the reading and language arts curriculum. We've also realized that students' writing is lacking the correctness it takes to produce a meaningful well-written essay and we've seen how students lack the ability to correctly write complete sentences with correct punctuation. 

What can we say and do about this dilemma?

Should we go back-to-the-basics of teaching the parts of speech and punctuation in isolation? And if so, how do we incorporate these important skills with the many skills we're expected to teach? Well, one thing's for sure, we first need to know where each student's ability level is concerning parts of speech and punctuation. In other words, we need for them to show-what-they-know. A resource that's very capable of determining this is the Parts of Speech and Punctuation Diagnostic. It is very useful as a complete diagnostic or an educator can use it in guided literacy stations/centers as a quick instructional tool. 
Try it! 

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Welcome to Literacy Art by Iris.

This is my blog for my Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) store, Literacy Art by Iris. I have begun my adventurous TPT journey to create and sell educational products. My blog will be a go-to place where my products can be introduced, viewed, and discussed in a professional development format.

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I'm currently working on a back-to-school product that I plan to use in the classroom. It focuses on vocabulary and is titled, Interactive Vocabulary for Quarter 1. This is vocabulary unit 1 to a four-unit vocabulary packet. Each vocabulary unit covers an instructional quarter of the school year.

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CCSS RL.1.1 & RI.1.1 Citing Text Evidence Scaffold Resource

Reading Literature & Reading Informational Text for Citing Text Evidence 
(CCSS: RL.1.1 & RI.1.1)

Here is a great resource for citing text evidence for those students who have difficulty responding to short written responses. The resource scaffolds the steps for citing text evidence by using the acronym R.A.C.E.S. This is not fresh out of the oven, but it does give students that extra support by scaffolding the steps for citing text evidence. Check out the resource in my TPT store.

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