With each post, I want to take a look at each of the Common Core Shifts and highlight what I think are the most important takeaways.
So, this first shift is pretty simple. Basically, in the elementary classroom, students should read 50% informational text and 50% literary text. As the students get older, that will change, but a balanced approach to exposure should give students the opportunity to learn from both types of text within the same unit of study.
In Kindergarten and First, we often teach in units, and that helps us to cover both types of text. I taught third for years before coming back down to first and in the intermediate grades, teaching in units went the way of the dinosaur with the increased emphasis on testing. In the intermediate grades, it would really be a great idea to teach the science and social studies basal text during the reading block, and then pair specific literary texts that support what is being taught during the reading block at a different time during the day. I like to do novel studies when I teach science or social studies through the reading block. My spelling had to be pulled from the reading basal text, but I would draw my vocabulary from the context of the reading I was doing that week.
One thing that I took away from looking into this shift is that:
As a result of my reading on this topic and then my need for a unit for Fire Safety week, I incorporated this shift into the unit I wrote on Fire! Fire!
|See this unit on TPT by clicking HERE.|
Another blogger pal of mine…Marie over at The Hands-On Teacher has a great post on informational text as well! 🙂 It would be a great read on this topic! 🙂 Super insightful stuff! Go on over and check her out! 🙂
|Thoughts on Informational Text from ‘The Hands on Teacher in First’|
So, now that we’ve started this dialogue…what should a balanced literacy unit look like if we purchase it from TPT? What should it contain if we were writing it? Let’s discuss! 🙂