Complex texts thebumpyroadofreading


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Determining the complexity of a text + tasks that build the skills necessary for reading complex texts

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Complex texts thebumpyroadofreading

  1. 1. 3-Part Model for Measuring Text Complexity
  2. 2. Text Complexity Grade Bands From, Appendix A
  3. 3. Teaching Kids to Read Complex Texts: Tasks that Motivate Readers
  4. 4. Silent Conversation Source of article:
  5. 5. The Rules of Silent Conversations • Your handwriting must be readable. • Use all the time I give you for writing. Don’t just write a word or two and quit. Keep rereading and thinking about the article and the things other people have written. Keep the conversation going. • This is a silent discussion, so no talking until later on!
  6. 6. Text-Dependent Questions Source of article:
  7. 7. Text-Dependent Questions Is this evidence that the discovery of Siats meekerorum was an important discovery?
  8. 8. Text-Based Debates Source of story: Junior Great Books
  9. 9. Text-Based Debates 1. Read and mark text. – F = Ooka is fair – UF = Ooka is unfair 2. Divide into groups: – I take the position that Ooka is fair. – I take the position that Ooka is unfair.
  10. 10. Text-Based Debates 3. Meet with people who take the same position to discuss evidence from the text that supports that position. 4. State your position and give text evidence to your opponent. Listen to the evidence your opponent provides and take notes. My position is that Ooka is _______ and my first reason is _________. You can see that in the story when it says __________.
  11. 11. Text-Based Debates 5. Meet with original group to discuss how to respond to opponent’s argument. You said that ____________ shows that Ooka is ________. I believe that actually show that Ooka is ________ because ___________. 6. Respond to your opponent’s arguments.
  12. 12. Quick Draw/ Quick Write Source of poem: Appendix B Grades 2-3 Text Exemplar
  13. 13. Sociograms A sociogram is a visual representation of the relationships among characters in a literary text
  14. 14. Sociograms • Let the physical distance between characters reflect the perceived psychological distance between the characters • Let the size/shape/symbol of a character metaphorically represent each personality, importance, one’s power or lack of, etc. • Lines can be creatively applied: What might the following types of lines indicate? A jagged line? A wavy line? The thickness of the line? etc. • Illustrate the tone and or theme of a piece by the use of color or visual symbols. • Add one word to each connecting line. Words may only be used once!
  15. 15. Sociograms