These “Cut and Paste” activities take the beginning lessons in the Literacy Launch section of your guide one step further by requiring students to match detail sentences with appropriate main ideas, and then, construct the paragraphs. Students learn to organize information in a logical fashion through their understanding of the author's purpose and organization.
It is no longer enough to just understand if an author is trying to persuade, inform, or entertain you. Now, our students are being asked to identify methods used by the author to do that. By teaching students to strategically read, through annotation and analysis, they are then able to deconstruct and reconstruct whole pieces and literary stories with their knowledge of the genre and the organizational framework we have taught them to look through. (Narrative Diamond or Informational/Opinion Pillar)
The exciting part... As I was walking through my teachers' classrooms, I saw the SAME LESSON WITH COMMON VOCABULARY AND PROCEDURES being taught in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades!! All on the same day:) Talk about super excited! Building that common language for our students vertically ensures that they are growing upon a solid foundation each year!
Want to try one of these lessons? You can find them in unit one of your informational guide! I am also including one of my favs for this month on Halloween for you to download and use!