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Learning Style Assessments:
True Colors ----> provides students information about their personality & how that affects their learning style
Howard Gardiner's Multiple Intelligences ----> allows students to rate themselves to see where their perceived strenths are & how they can use those strengths
Modality ----> allows students to rate themselves to see how they believe they best take in information; provides them with ideas for studying
Left Brain vs Right Brain ----> allows students to see the difference in how each half of the brain functions and how that influences learning styles.

Lesson #1: Main Idea & Detail  ----> Understanding the Terms
Main Idea Foldable
Use the colors to help you remember the parts of the text.  Just like in art class, mixing blue & red make purple so mixing the ides of "topic" and the "details" will you create a main idea statement in your own words.  Since blue & yellow make green, think of the text's author as the color yellow: they did the mixing and provided you with a topic sentence.
Main Idea Bridge
No one wants to fall into the water when driving or walking over a bridge!  You need to make sure the details you select from the text support the main idea.  Any information from the text or your prior knowledge which is fun or interesting belongs in the "River of Knowledge."
Main Idea Web: Think in 3s
When selecting information from the text to support the topic sentence or main idea, "think in 3s."  After you've read a section of the text, jot down 3 ideas you believe relate to the topic, support the topic sentence (if provided) or are worthy of remembering for a discussion or written response.  Once you have read the entire passage, review the 3 ideas written for each section.  Use those ideas to help you create a main idea statement.

Lesson #2: Main Idea & Detail ----> Organizing & Outlining
Lesson #3: Summarizing Informational Text
Lesson #4: Types of Characters ----> Definitions & Examples
Lesson #5: Elements of the Plot ----> Definitions & Plot Diagram
Lesson #6: Writing Long ----> Questioning Strategy

Reading Comprehension: Strategies to Try with Fiction OR Nonfiction Text
1. Stop & Jot: place a sticky note or mark the page where you think you will need a brain break.  When you get to that place in the text, STOP reading and JOT down a question, unfamiliar word, surprising fact, something you'd like to share with another person, or a comment.

2. Turn & Talk: Before you write anything down on paper, TURN & TALK to someone nearby to allow for brainstorming.   Once you have TALKED, then you may write ideas down on paper.

3. Focus to Focus: sometimes it is helpful to estimate how long you think you can keep your attention on the text BEFORE you begin to read.   Using sticky notes, bookmarks or marking the pages some other way, helps to give you stopping spots while reading.  Once you get to the stopping spot, try to remember what you read.  If you find you're unable to recall more than a few things, reread!

4.  Read Cover Remember Retell: Engage in different tasks during the reading process to enhance comprehension by examining text features & creating questions BEFORE reading, covering the text & retelling to self and sharing with another person the gist of what was read WHILE  reading.  IF needed, continue the process until the text is accurately reold.  AFTER reading, answer the questions posed at the outset.