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1.5.1 Reading, Speaking and Listening, and Writing in History/Social Studies

As discussed previously, shift #2 of the Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy highlights the CCSS emphasis on “reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text - both literary and informational.” Focusing on finding supporting evidence while reading, and communicating the evidence in speaking and writing, are important expectations for all students.

Time to View

The following videos show how Grade 5 teacher Stacy Brewer prepares students to write an analytical essay about a reading from the students' history/social studies textbook. As you watch, notice how the students engage in collaborative discussions based on evidence from the reading. Also notice how the teacher provides extra scaffolding for her EL students.

Analyzing Texts: Brainstorm Before Writing External Link

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Analyzing Texts: "Text Talk Time" External Link

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Analyzing Texts: Putting Thoughts on Paper External Link

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Time to Reflect

Consider both the teacher instruction and student responses in answering the following questions in your Metacognitive Journal: