I am pondering doing five-minute (give or take a few minutes) reading skill introductions every day next year, kind of like a grabber. I have been thinking about how there are coming attractions that get people invigorated about movies to come and even how at the beginning of some Sister, Sister episodes (I have been tapping into my "growing up in the 1990s" self lately), Tia and Tamera introduced, to an extent, what the topic of the show was. I have also thought about how youth pastors and pastors capture the interest of the youth group or congregation at their church. They research the scripture they are going to reference and come up with anecdotes, sometimes about their families or other everyday situations, to get peoples' attention.
I want to reference topics the class can relate to, from Star Wars to the Hunger Games and everyday occurrences that happen at home. I want to reference sports, food, travel, and hobbies as well as current events- and often employ humor.
Some of the skills are going to be:
- How do you choose a Just Right book?
- What is schema?
- Inquiry and questioning
- Main idea and supporting details
- Cause and effect
- Comparing and contrasting
- Context clues
- Author's purpose
- Order of Events
- Plot elements
- Tone and mood
- Character traits
- Text-to-text connections
- Text-to-self connections
- Text-to-world connections
- Text features
- Author's word choice
- Grabbers authors use in story writing
- Inferences and predictions
- Quotations vs. thoughts to self
Seeing I just referenced Scholastic Storyworks and how I subscribed for two years, I also like seeing how I can utilize the resources I have had for a while. The teacher guides for all the older issues are still available, so I keep one each of a Storyworks issue in a teacher reference drawer for mini-lessons. I also like utilizing digital editions.
I like how the grabber idea can easily lead into a 20-minute mini-lesson. I am looking forward to seeing what I come up with- and how you interpret my idea. If you have any ideas or advice, that would be great!