You are here

30 Big-Idea Lessons for Small Groups
Share

30 Big-Idea Lessons for Small Groups
The Teaching Framework for ANY Text and EVERY Reader



June 2016 | 248 pages | Corwin

Intermediate grade readers are not an M, an N, or an O—they’re idea-wranglers, ready to comprehend when we honor who they are as thinkers first

In 30 Big Idea Lessons for Small Groups, educators Rafferty, Morello, and Rountos provide an amazing framework that gets students interacting with texts. You prompt and guide, but they think! Big-Idea groups are the piece that’s been missing from small group instruction: engagement from the get-go.
Follow this unique 4-part process to develop students’ literal, inferential, evaluative, and analytical skills: 

  1. Engage: Before Reading Using a tactile tool like a topic card or a pyramid, readers literally move ideas around on their small group table as they debate a question related to the text  and to big ideas about courage, persistence, love, and honesty, and more. 
  2. Discuss: During Reading Students read and mark up a short text, exploring questions that get at the author’s take on the big idea, noticing key vocabulary, text structure, moments of inference, and more. 
  3. Deep-See Think: After Reading Students re-read, synthesize, and revise their interpretations together and tweak the tactile tool, based on questions that probe the big idea in new and deeper ways. 
  4. Connect: After Reading Students summarize, and begin to transfer their understandings to other texts in independent reading and the world beyond, primed for this all-important transfer because they’ve been engaged in topics that clearly relate to their lives.  

Tap into 30 lessons organized by text complexity, reproducible forms, assessments, and a bank of engagement tools so you can switch it up. Use these lessons across the year as a warm up to a whole-class novel, to augment your core reading program, to challenge your capable readers and bring your striving readers in to rich yet accessible reading experiences. 

 
Chapter 1. Big-Idea Groups: Scaffolded Reading Instruction Where Engagement Rules
 
The Ultimate Goal: Real Student Independence
 
Now Look at Student Independence During Big-Idea Groups
 
Four Facets of the Framework
 
How Big-Idea Groups Fit Within Other Small-Group Models
 
A Few Important Frameworks for Reading Closely
 
The Effective Environment Around Close Reading
 
What About Guided Reading and Strategic Reading?
 
What’s Ahead in This Book?
 
An Introductory Big-Idea Lesson
 
On Another Day: Adapting the Introductory Lesson With an Informational Text
 
The Great White Space
 
Chapter 2. The Lesson Design
 
The Tweaks to DRTA
 
Five Phases of the Lesson
 
Time Factors
 
When to Begin?
 
How Do They Fit Within Units of Study?
 
A Trial Run: The "Why" Behind Each Phase
 
Phase 1: Engaging
 
Phase 2: Discussing
 
Phase 3: Deep-See Thinking
 
Phase 4: Connecting
 
Phase 5: Assessing
 
Chapter 3. The Tools of Engagement
 
Interesting Texts
 
Collaboration
 
Autonomy
 
Real-World Instruction
 
Coherence
 
Expository Expectation Map
 
Important Versus Interesting
 
Ranking Characters
 
Ranking the Table of Contents
 
Semantic Word Ranking
 
Sketch-to-Stretch
 
Staircase Label
 
Vocabulary Karaoke
 
Teacher Involvement
 
Chapter 4. The 30 Lesson Planners
 
Chapter 5. Transferring Thinking Across the Day
 
Teacher Variety During Small-Group Instruction in the Reading Block
 
Agency: The Ability to Fly on Your Own
 
Connecting Conferring to Big Ideas Across the Day
 
Creating a Community Connecting to a Common Beacon
 
Making Homework a Matter Worth Doing
 
Chapter 6. Assessing Readers Within and Beyond the Group
 
The Rubric
 
Classroom Examples
 
Phase 1: Engaging
 
Phase 2: Discussing
 
Phase 3: Deep-See Thinking
 
Phase 4: Connecting
 
Responsible Talk
 
Assessing Speaking and Listening
 
Tracking Data to Help Drive Instructional Adjustments
 
Chapter 7. Useful Forms and Lists for Big-Idea Groups
 
Tactile Tool Forms
 
Box and Bullets
 
Character Karaoke
 
Charting the Chapters
 
Moving to Make Meaning
 
Pyramid of Perspectives
 
Semantic Circle
 
Tactile Chart
 
Vocabulary Karaoke
 
Topics Card
 
Other Big-Idea–Worthy Texts
 
Formative Assessment Data Sheet
 
Build Your Own Big-Idea Lessons Kit

Supplements

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Big-Idea Groups

Chapter 3: The Tools of Engagement


Preview this book

For instructors

This book is not available as an inspection copy. For more information contact your local sales representative.

Select a Purchasing Option

ISBN: 9781506334387
£23.99