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Private: Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop

Teaching Diverse Learners Put It Into Practice | Teaching Diverse Learners

Choose Activities

In this section, you will apply what you have learned to your own teaching. The following activities are designed to assist you in developing resources for diverse learners in your classroom. Choose one or both of the activities from the list below.

Activity 1 –Modeling Main-Idea Questioning

In this activity, teachers will model and provide scaffolding as their students develop main-idea questions.

Activity 1 –Scaffolding Instruction

In this activity, you will consider and plan appropriate scaffolding for students when teaching a whole-class book or other text.

Modeling Main-Idea Questioning

Reread the article on struggling readers, Questions Teachers Ask About Struggling Readers and Writers (PDF) Then follow the procedures listed below. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment.

  • Review the Instructional Sequence for modeling main-idea questioning.
  • Choose one struggling reader in your classroom and an appropriate text.
  • Plan a lesson based on the selected text to model main-idea questioning for the student.
  • Teach the lesson modeling the concept of main-idea questioning.
  • Reflect on your instruction and your student’s responses.
  • Decide whether the next lesson you plan will be a modeling lesson or a coaching lesson. Give reasons for your decision.

Scaffolding Instruction

When all students in a classroom are required to read a grade-level book, teachers must make decisions about how to support the struggling readers and how to challenge the strongest readers. The basic framework for a reading lesson involves three components: before reading, during reading, and after reading. Think about a grade-level text you teach to all of your students. What do you want to teach during each phase of the instructional framework? Complete the Lesson Plan Chart (PDF), indicating how you will scaffold student learning during each phase of the instructional framework. An example is provided. When you have finished, answer the questions below. Save your written work to submit as an assignment.

When you have completed the chart, write your answers to these questions:

    1. What did you learn about helping students become independent learners within a whole-class setting?
    2. What component of reading instruction (before, during, after) is the most challenging for you? For your students?
    3. Which strategy are you most likely timplement in your teaching? What are your expected outcomes in terms of student learning?

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Private: Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop


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