Our balanced reading program in fourth grade consists of explicit instruction of reading strategies and skills as well as shared and independent reading of both fiction and nonfiction text. Our goal is to build a community of readers that chooses books they are excited to read and share their reading experiences in large and small group formats.
The Comprehension Toolkit series focuses on developing key comprehension strategies when reading nonfiction texts. It is comprised of six strategy clusters:
Activate and Connect
Infer and Visualize
Summarize and Synthesize
We will use the Lead 21 program to practice reading strategies using fiction and nonfiction text.
We will use Note and Notice strategies to help determine meaning and theme in literary texts, which contributes to student comprehension of complex texts. Students will be taught about different "signposts" to look for to stop and consider character, plot, main idea, theme, or author's craft to help determine the meaning of the text. These signposts are:
Contrasts and Contradictions - when a character does something that contrasts with what you'd expect or contradicts an earlier statement or action.
Aha! Moment - when a character realizes, understands, or finally figures something out.
Tough Questions - when a character asks herself a very dificult question.
Words of the Wiser - when a character (probably older and wiser) takes the protagonist aside and offers serious advice.
Again and Again - when a word, phrase, or action is repeated over and over
Memory Moment - when the author interrupts the action to tell you about a memory.