Published on February 15, 2014
Surviving the Weekly Informational Text: OutWIT, Outplay, Outlast Amanda Hobbs Krystle Williams Central Middle School Gatesville, NC
A teacher’s philosophy “We need to teach our students to read like writers and write like readers.” -Kelly Gallagher
What is the WIT? What does it look like? The Weekly Informational Text Article Questions aligned with CCSS Critical thinking Textual evidence Effective writing skills Rubric for revision • • • • • •
Steps to completing a WIT: 1. READ the article in it’s entirety 2. ANSWER in complete sentences (restate, capitalize, punctuate) 3. PROVE it: Underline and number textual evidence (TE) 4. STATE TE using quotation marks (don’t plagiarize!) 5. CHECK off the rubric
Benefits of the WIT • • • • • Connects to reading and other assignments Allows thematic teaching Suitable for all content areas Differentiation, reflection, revision Improved academics
Theme: Courage Text: “Ribbons” by Lawrence Yep WIT
Why not design a WIT about... • • • potential to kinetic energy in roller coasters? (7th gr. Science) the food customs of Greece? (6th gr. SS) an opinion piece about Math in real life? (8th gr. Algebra) • • • the evolution of women’s roles in society? (Home Economics) the tribulations of a past composer or popular musician? (Band/Chorus) the “no pass, no play” rule? (Health/PE)
WIT in Health/PE Compliments of Jacob Harrell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Differentiate through revision!
It’s your turn! With a neighbor: 1. Read the article 2. Read the WIT directions 3. Answer the question with textual evidence 4. Fill out the rubric YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES!
Your WIT should have looked like...
Great minds think alike! The Article of the Week by Kelly Gallagher • • Students must build their prior knowledge to succeed when reading 30-45 articles a year
“It is not enough to simply teach my students to recognize themes in a given novel; if my students are to become literate, they must broaden their reading experiences into real-world text.” -Kelly Gallagher
Development and implementation • The WIT takes practice o • • o Teachers = development Students = mastery WEEKLY Informational Text o Choose one day a week to give the WIT Use your resources o o Current articles Thematic teaching
Taking it a step further... Britannica School: WIT Leveled Passages Another active approach inspired from "Article of the Week" Use these stems to write your WIT questions! Common Core Question Stems, 6th Grade Common Core Question Stems, 7th Grade Common Core Question Stems, 8th Grade
From our students to you “The WIT helps me by understanding how to word [my answers] and restate.” -Javier (Inclusion) “The WIT helped me get focused on stories and to go back and reread every sentence.” -Rayvon (Inclusion) “The WIT has helped me because I have learned some new words. I have read better because of it. It has taught me to do better on the Mock EOG. This is how it has helped me.” -Haven “What I like about the WIT is that it helps with my reading and writing.” -Donald
“The WIT has helped me be a better writer and make sure that I have done everything I am supposed to do.” -Imani “It has fun facts and new info each week.” -Madison (Honors) “The WIT helps me show how to find textual evidence for the answer so you don’t take it for plagiarism. That’s how the WIT has helped me.” -Rick (Honors) “I personally really do like the WIT. (Besides the fact it is work.) It has improved my English skills. It taught me about giving credit to the author, providing textual evidence, having quotations, page numbers, restating my questions, making complete sentences, etc. I also learned to use my context clues to help me answer the questions.” -Jetta (Honors)
THANK YOU for coming today! Questions? Comments? Contact us! Amanda Hobbs HobbsAK@gatescountyschools.net Krystle Williams WilliamsKW@gatescountyschools.net
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