A. Unpacking Learning Targets and Assessment Prompt (5 minutes)
- In advance, display and distribute the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Comparing and Contrasting Two Texts: Simulated Research. Tell students:
* "Today you will be reading two articles: 'DDT Spray Scares Mosquitoes Away, Study Finds' and 'You Think You Have It Tough?' Both of these are informational articles about mosquitoes, malaria, and DDT.
* "After reading the first article, 'DDT Spray Scares Mosquitoes Away, Study Finds,' complete a Simulated Research graphic organizer identical to the ones you have been completing in your researcher's notebooks.
* "After reading the second article, 'You Think You Have It Tough?', complete a Comparing and Contrasting Authors' Presentations graphic organizer identical to the one you have used in previous lessons."
* "Finally, for each word on the Research Vocabulary: Using Multiple Strategies to Determine the Meaning of Words graphic organizer, use a strategy such as context clues or root words and affixes to make an initial determination for the word's meaning. Then use a resource material, such as a dictionary, to confirm or revise that meaning."
- Invite students to read along as you read aloud the mid-unit assessment prompt. Ask students to Think-Pair-Share:
* "Based on this prompt, describe to a partner, in your own words, what you think you will be doing in your assessment today."
- Confirm for students that they will be reading two articles today. They will be completing graphic organizers and note-taking tools identical to the ones they have been using throughout their research process.
* "Are there any clarifying questions about this prompt?"
- Give students the opportunity to ask any questions about the prompt or the assessment.
- Tell students the purpose of this assessment is to give them the opportunity to show their mastery of learning targets that they have been working on for the last couple of weeks. Tell students that you would like to review those learning targets now.
- Read aloud, or invite a student to read aloud, today's learning targets:
* "I can gather relevant information from research materials."
* "I can assess the credibility of the article 'DDT Spray Scares Mosquitoes Away, Study Finds.'"
* "I can compare and contrast the authors' presentation of ideas for 'DDT Spray Scares Mosquitoes Away, Study Finds' and 'You Think You Have It Tough?'"
* "I can use multiple strategies help me determine the meaning of a word."
* "Looking at these learning targets, and the assessment prompt, how do you think you will be showing your mastery of the learning targets?"
- Listen for example such as: "We'll read the article and pretend like we're doing it for research, so we'll fill in our researcher's notebook" and "We'll have to decide if the article we read is credible using our Credibility Checklist" and "We'll have figure out the meaning of new words using the strategies we have learned."