After reading the two chapters from Pathways to the Common Core, I discovered helpful tips to incorporate reading and writing informational text into the curriculum. The first tip was understanding what your school is doing to help its students succeed. This is essential because, as a teacher, you can help your school’s mission by making sure your own students succeed. Once the proper assessments of the students have been made, making sure you are able to build from the student’s strength is important. This allows them to avoid being rushed into challenging information. I also learned that it is beneficial to the student if the teacher divides up the informational readings throughout the day. This helps by improving the student’s comprehension skills. Lastly, it is important to make sure that your students are prepared to read, analyze, and comprehend informational texts. The earlier you discuss analyzing books, thestronger the student’s comprehension skills will be. There are several ways to further a child’s education, such as advocating reading aloud at schooland home. At school, the teacher could read a book, distribute a copy to each student, and havethem follow along with their fingers. The teacher could use a puppet to depict the characters. If a student would like to volunteer to read, then they could be allowed to use the puppet. After the teacher has read a scene from the book, she could have the students act out the scenes by themselves. The teacher could also allow the students to read to a group instead of in front of the whole class. Using these techniques will successfully engage the students into reading aloudat school.The teacher could send home brief passages for the students to read aloud to their parents, stuff animal, or pet. This would give them practice reading aloud. Teachers could also send a handout encouraging parents to carry a book with them to use at times, such as waiting at a doctor’s office. I believe traditional literature continues to be popular with children for numerous reasons. The genre consists of many different topics since it refers to all of the stories born of the oral tradition. In the book, it explains that the traditional literature appeals to children because it consists of short and fastmoving plots, along with varies patterns that end with “happily ever after.” The characters always portray typical stereotypes of good and evil, which helps children develop their own moral judgement. The literature also gives the opportunity to incorporate modern truths into the story, giving a sense of present and past. This helps children develop emotional intelligence and creativity. The suspension of reality, a primary trait of fantasy and science fiction, is a key to the value of this genre for children. I believe that the suspension of reality is intriguing to children because it allows them to see the world in various ways. The motifs, plots, and themes of fantasy books are constantly replicated so that it will seem familiar to the children. This allows the children to make connections between the fantasy and their own reality. In the book, it discusses how
fantasy helps children develop skills vital to human survival. One of these skills is their
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- common core, Jinnie Spiegler