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Question 7 - Grade 4 Video and Discussion

Grade 4: Close Reading Pre-teaching

Things to Look For

  1. Notice how the teacher reviews the lesson objectives and how it will be useful for students in their regular classes.
  2. Notice how the teacher adjusts her instruction based on questions from students.
  3. Notice how the students are encouraged to discuss their thinking with each other.
  4. Notice how the teacher circulates while students are working to answer questions and check for understanding.
  5. Notice how the teacher provides sentence frames to help students participate appropriately in academic conversations.
  6. Notice how students are called on randomly to ensure all students are engaged in the activity.
  7. Notice how students are asked to discuss the features of the text.
  8. Notice how students are provided multiple and varied opportunities to contribute to the whole class discussion.

Grade 4
Close Reading Pre-teaching (14:55)

Emerging Practices Discussion Prompts | DOC

Instructional leaders are encouraged to consider the following discussion prompts after viewing the classroom videos to support them in developing or informing local processes for implementing the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.

  1. Discuss how the instruction in the videos demonstrates the three “New Emphases in the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy,” or shifts, mentioned in Chapter 1 (PDF) of the English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Framework: Content-rich Informational Texts, Responding and Arguing from Textual Evidence, and Complex Texts and Academic Language.
  2. Discuss how the instruction in the videos supports the development of the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy Reading Standards for Foundational Skills.
  3. Discuss how the instructional strategies in the videos align with the guidance in the ELA/ELD Framework grade-level chapters.
  4. Based on your instructional leadership expertise, is there anything you would suggest to enhance these lessons?
  5. How might these lessons need to be adapted to meet the needs of all students within your local context?