In class I am using “Text Talk”. This program delivers direct vocabulary instruction of sophisticated words, combined with rich talk about text, to provide students with critical language and reading comprehension skills. This scientifically based program has been proven effective in raising students’ knowledge of vocabulary, an essential component for literacy development.
Text Talk focuses on robust words and are not the Tier 1 words (everyday words) or Tier 3 words (curriculum specific words) We call these words Tier 2.
The program takes advantage of some of the sophisticated vocabulary found in books for young children. I will be sending home new words. These words we are learning and using in our daily conversations and organized activities. I have asked the families to use these words in as many contexts and as often as possible. I want them to make a game of it!
The first story we are reading is “ It’s Mine!” by Leo Lionni. The words we will work on from this story are:
In a first grade class the teacher had stepped out for a moment when I was teaching the vocabulary. I told the children to raise their hands and when the teacher came in tell her that you desperately needed a drink. The children loved it.
The story is a great one for the beginning of the year as it teaches sharing and working cooperatively.
We will also be practicing the comprehension strategy of summarizing.
After using this story and texttalk I have made a unit that also includes visuals, writing, story grammar and Blooms questions
This 5-day unit breaks down to
Day 1: Activating Prior Knowledge: lesson that requires the students to work as a team to accomplish a task.
- Drawing Response
Day 2: Reading the story and working with story grammar so the students get the concepts of
o Initiating Event
o Problem/ Plan/Solution
Comprehension question given with page numbers
Day 3: Re-read with the students acting out the character using visual stick puppets
Day 4 Explicit instruction in Tier Two vocabulary
Day 5 Culminating Written Response:
What school rule would they have that would create harmony?