Here's the teaching point from Tuesday that I projected on the SMARTboard:
We only read chapter two in Rules on Tuesday, so we did a simple lesson on noticing "pieces" of Catherine's character (hence the puzzle pieces). Today, in book clubs students did the same lesson with the same teaching point but they applied it to their novels.
free copy! I know in workshop you're supposed to do it all in one day but with limited time we've found this to be a great way to get everything in! Plus, day two allows the teacher time for reading conferences etc. while students independently work at the lesson. Day one is always the day they need more help getting started or understanding. We usually try and have pages side by side so students can always look to Rules (or whatever novel we're reading) for help!
Another useful tip is to always have to teach point posted, we want our students to know what we are trying to teach them. We make this a point in both reading and writing workshop and our students come to expect it later on in the year. It's a good system to have even with our "I Cans" up on the board because students then hopefully start to understand why they are performing a certain task during workshop. It's also great because it helps with genre units or units like a character unit that is more detailed than a Common Core "I Can" statement.
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