I am back to my hotel after day two of training. Today we spent a lot of time thinking about genre studies in both reading and writing workshops.
Here are my TOP 10 things I am thinking about tonight:
1. Questioning authenticity of nonfiction text. Is the text really factual or is it from the author’s perspective?
2. Grounding teaching decisions in assessments.
3. A hybrid text needs to include a fiction genre and a nonfiction genre. For example, it could include elements of realistic fiction and biography.
4. The difference between ‘doing’ guided reading and using guided reading to bring students as far as possible in their reading abilities.
5. Writing territories (topics students often write about)…any topic can be a good one provided that it is important to the writer and written well.
6. Read-alouds are great because they take away the need for decoding. Students should experience grade-appropriate text regardless of their reading level.
7. Ask questions during an interactive read aloud that draw out thinking from students, rather than ask for one right answer.
8. When students read, they do not think about just one skill (for example, making predictions). They are thinking about the entire reading process at once. It’s a complicated process!
9. Students infer when they are reading all the time. As teachers, we need to bring this skill that they are already doing to their attention throughout our year together. We can’t just teach inferencing for one week and never talk about it again because our students our inferring every time they read.
10. Reading orally is all about reading the way the writer meant the text to be read. We read informational text differenty than we read poetry or a mystery.
That’s my TOP 10 for today…Tomorrow I might have a TOP 100 since I will be spending the day listening to Irene Fountas share her thinking around guided reading and genre studies!