Desperate Need of a Literacy Lesson!

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  1. MsRose4

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    Hi everyone! I'm new to this thread but I find it extremly helpful and I lurk all the time :) I currently live in New York but my boyfriend and I are trying to move to North Carolina. I had a phone interview with a school in the Charlotte school district this morning and they offered me to come down to their school a week from tomorrow to teach a lesson to a class of 24 fifth graders on anything in literacy. I am in desperate need of a super, awesome, amazing lesson. I know that they like Lucy Calkins (although I know she has more to do with writing I want my lesson to have to do with reading and writing I think). This is SOOO important to me as I REALLY want to move there, have been trying for a while, and this is my chance. Any and all help would be much appreciated!
     
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    Try looking up some example lessons for the common core standards. These might steer you in the right direction.
     
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    Do you think it's a good idea to do a lesson using reader's workshop/ Doing a mini-lesson, having them work (probably partner up or in groups) and then discussing?
     
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    I wouldn't use a complete reader's workshop unless the school/classroom use this approach. Students may not have books to read. But I think that it is perfectly acceptable to teach a mini lesson and have all the students read something you provide them.
     
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    Thank you everyone! Do you think comparing and contrasting two characters in a book is a good lesson? Doing a mini lesson, modeling, having them do it and then pulling it all back together in a class discussion? I would have them start by comparing a picture or themselves with a partner. Then do a read aloud where I think aloud and we fill out a grapihic organizer together (or should I just do that alone to model?) then giving them a text to compare and contrast two characters with a partner or by themselves (by themselves I'm thinking?) and then having a class discussion and doing a venn diagram together as a class about what they just read? I know comparing and contrasting characters in a text is a fifth grade standard in North Carolina but it this lesson to easy? I have no idea where the class is and I'm worried about making my lesson too hard or too easy. This is also considered a literacy lesson right? I'm a bit confused as what they want for a literacy lesson since it's such a broad topic. HELP!!
     
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    Also, do you think they should write a statement about the similarities and differences to make it a little more difficult?
     
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    Basically it would look like this:

    1. Definition of compare and contrast. What are key words?
    2. When do we use comparisons and contractions? Why are they important?
    3. Compare and contrast a picture as a class.
    4. Compare and contrast traits you have with a partner.
    5. Read a book and model thinking aloud, marking texts to make comparisons and contractions
    6. Have them work independently reading a passage to compare and contrast characters from a passage
    7. Go over it as a class


    Good? Bad? So-So?
     
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    In case you didn't see it yet, here's the advice given on A to Z's FB page:
    Kerren Coburn: ‎5th graders can be so tricky to get on board . . . seems like it needs to be something all about THEM. For example maybe some poetic lesson involving their likes, dislikes or even an acrostic or a diamontic poem involving their names. If they're not with you . . . . they'll "sink" you. Best of luck! Hope you report back how it goes.
     
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    How long do you have to teach your lesson? I think your lesson sounds wonderful, but also like it would take quite a long time to complete. In my experience, demo lessons for interviews last only 30-45 minutes, at the most.
     
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    That's another problem. When I was asked to come in to teach a lesson, I forgot to ask how long I had and they forgot to mention it. I called and left a message but I haven't heard back yet. And it will take a while that's true. So maybe I could cut some parts out? I don't know which parts though :(
     

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