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Mining Complex Text, Grades 2-5

Mining Complex Text, Grades 2-5
Using and Creating Graphic Organizers to Grasp Content and Share New Understandings

© 2015 | 184 pages | Corwin

“How many times have you heard ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’ . . . In this text, Lapp, Wolsey, Wood, and Johnson make a vital connection between reading words and the role of graphics. They demonstrate how teachers and students can blend the two such that great learning occurs in every classroom, every day.”

Coauthor of Rigorous Reading

Imagine you are a fourth grader, reading about our solar system for the first time. Or you’re a high school student, asked to compare survival in Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games and Elie Wiesel’s Night. Reading complex texts of any kind is arduous, and now more than ever, students are being asked to do highly advanced thinking, talking, and writing around their reading. If only there were ingenious new power tools that could give students the space to tease apart complex ideas in order to comprehend and to weld their understandings into a new whole.

Good news: such tools exist. In the two volumes, Mining Complex Texts, Grades 2-5 and 6-12, a formidable author team shares fresh ways to use the best digital and print graphic organizers in whole-class, small-group, and independent learning.  Big believers of the gradual release method, the authors roll out dozens of examples of dynamic lessons and collaborative work across the content areas so that we see the process of using these visual tools to:

  • Help students read, reread, and take notes on a text
  • Promote students’ oral sharing of information and their ideas 
  • Elevate organized note-making from complex text(s)
  • Scaffold students’ narrative and informational writing
  • Move students to independent thinking as they learn to create their own organizing and note-taking systems

Gone are the days of fill-‘em-in and forget-‘em graphic organizers. With these two volumes, teachers and professional development leaders have a unified vision of how to use these tools to meet the demands of an information-saturated world, one in which students need to be able to sift, sort, synthesize, and apply knowledge with alacrity and skill.

Chapter 1. Graphic Organizers: Making the Complex Comprehensible
How to Think About Standards Alignment  
How to Help Students Meet the Standards  
Tips for Using Graphic Organizers Dynamically  
How to Meet Eight Intertwined Academic Goals  
What Lies Ahead in This Book  
Chapter 2. Thinking on the Page: The Research Behind Why Graphic Organizers Work
Picture This: Visuals Quicken and Deepen Text Learning  
General Tips: How to Use Graphic Organizers Well  
Tiered Organizers: Scaffold Student Progress  
Examples of Tiered Graphic Organizers  
Adapting Graphic Organizers for Tiered Learning  
A Sample Tiered Lesson  
At-a-Glance Chart of Graphic Organizers Matched to Academic Goals  
Chapter 3. Using Graphic Organizers to Acquire Academic Vocabulary
Frayer Organizer  
Concept/Definition Map  
Word Map  
Chapter 4. Graphic Organizers Support Literary Text Reading and Writing Tasks
Character Graphic  
Freytag’s Pyramid  
Chapter 5. Graphic Organizers Support Informational Text Reading and Writing Tasks
Text Search and Find Board  
4-Square With a Diamond  
Modified KWL  
Tabbed Book Manipulative  
Chapter 6. Graphic Organizers Support Students’ Reading Proficiencies
Understanding Text Structures: Five Text Types  
Chapter 7. Graphic Organizers Boost Questioning and Responding
I-Chart and I-Guide  
Flip Chart Manipulative  
Text-Dependent Question/Response Organizer  
Chapter 8. Graphic Organizers Foster Reading, Forming, and Writing Opinions
Six-Part Opinion Organizer  
Thinking Map  
Chapter 9. Graphic Organizers Support Collaboration
Project Management Organizer  
Key features
  • extensive combinations of graphic organizer templates as reproducibles along with instructional examples created for and by teachers for K-5 students. 
  •  Readers of this book will appreciate models of the types of graphic organizers that will help them work with students to achieve CCSS expectations.
  • Each graphic organizer will contain three to five examples demonstrating the scalability of graphic organizers in reading, writing, and discussion contexts along with digital versions of graphic organizers that build on the social and read/write nature (sometimes referred to as Web 2.0) of the internet.
  • Links to digital tools will be shared via a social bookmarking site that is dynamic and updated often.
    • “Question Yourself” feature at the end of chapters 2-5 gives teachers the opportunity to practice developing their own TDQs with an additional text or excerpt provided—which they can then compare to sample questions for that text on the book’s website.

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