Welcome to Day 10 of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! We know that the holiday season is busy for both teachers and students, and it never seems to slow down after that. To help you make it through the rest of the year, you need a stock pile of lessons that can be easily implemented at any time. Today you'll find a resource that you can use any time of year in your classroom.
From The Creative Classroom: Two Column Notes Organizer: Identifying Main Ideas and Supporting Details
The Two Column Notes Organizer was a game changer in my classroom! My students struggled to identify the relevant text evidence in both fiction and nonfiction texts. Many didn’t know where to begin or how to figure out what the main points of the text were. The Two Column Notes Organizer allowed me to create a simple way for my students, especially my struggling readers, to interact with complex texts. One of the most critical attributes of this organizer is chunking whatever text you are reading into smaller and more manageable sections of text. This allowed my struggling readers to focus on only a small section of the text at a time instead of the entire text. In addition, this also allowed me to create a focused guiding question that would help students have a clear purpose for reading each section of text. I saw better annotations, stronger written answers, and deeper student understanding after the first time that I implemented this strategy into my classroom! This strategy has been an essential component of my classroom instruction since that day. If you are looking for a simple yet effective close reading strategy that produces student growth, then the Two Column Notes Organizer is definitely for you!
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Visit Making Meaning With Melissa tomorrow for Day 11 of the Literary League's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. Look for a special surprise coming on Day 12!