Bridging the Gap:
Fostering Interest and Ability in Content Area Reading
Presented by Julie Coiro
Four School Consortium of Teachers
November 4, 2003
Picture Books and Anticipation Guides
Inspiring Vocabulary Connections
Exploring Primary Sources
- What’s the hardest part of content area reading for students?
- When are your students most motivated?
- What do good readers look and sound like?
A. Picture Books, Anticipation Guides, Building Connections and Content Reading
- Anticipation Guide for Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
- Background for Using Picture Books with Older Readers and Using Anticipation Guides
- Building Connections and Expanding Understanding
- Day 1: Read the first page of Baseball Saved Us silently. Underling any sentence(s) that you feel is/are related to one of the statements you responded to earlier on the Anticipation Guide. Select at least one sentence from Mochizuki's book and explain how the author's writing supports your own thinking (as reflected on the anticipation guide) or prompts you to think a little differently about this issue.
- Day 2: In class, we listened to the audio clip of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Speech made on December 8, 1941 while following along on the printed copy. For homework, highlight phrases that might explain why the US govemernment chose to imprison Japanese-Americans.
- Day 3: Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in WW2 Arkansas. Explore the timeline, photographs from Ansel Adams, audio clips and other informational resources here.
- Day 4: Read the section "Japanese Americans are Interned"" on page 677 in your textbook.
- Day 5: We will participate in a class discussion about the injustices that were committed during this time in American history. Could this ever happen again? Be prepared to support your comments with examples drawn from your reflections about these resources.
- TRY IT OUT: Use the blank space in your handout to create three statements for Anticipation Guide using Child Labor Around the World article
- Further Connections for Child Labor Issues to Explore
- Children and Work: UNICEF Voices of Youth
- Out of the Shadows: Worst Forms of Child Labor
- Domestic Child Labor
- Expanding Even Further with Electronic Anticipation Guides: My Side of the MountainB. Inspiring Vocabulary Connections and Building Background KnowledgeThis page was created by Julie Coiro on Nov. 1, 2003
C. Exploring Primary Sources and Content Related Interactive Media: Making Learning Real
- Social Studies: Pioneer Life
- Suite 101: Using Electronic Graphic Organizers to Build Reading Skills
D. Mindsets for Text Structures
- Ideas for Lessons from American Memory
- Historical Speeches from the History Channel and PBS Great American Speeches
- BrainPop! Animated Videos for health, science, technology, math and english
- Visual Elements: Interactive Periodical Table
- Journey North: Real Data, Real Issues, Real Tools
- CoolMath: Interactive animations of math concepts
- Interactive Geometry Concepts
- Create a Graph for analyzing real data like that found at KidsCount Databook Online
E. Thinking Critically, Taking a Stand: Decisions, Decisions Online
- Text Matching Activity
- Suite 101: Using Expository Text Structures to Enhance Comprehension
- American Memory Digital Library
- Search for "The close of a career in New York" to complete the visual literacy activity
- Reading Images: Port of Entry: Immigration
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