The schedule below is a sample of the many RBC literacy activities and it lightly touches on the enrichment activities.
Reading Boot Camp Philosophy: Awaken or reawaken the desire for learning and imagination, let the light of wisdom and reason shine in. Solemnity, harmony, and literacy are distant visions for some teachers on day one, yet the seed is planted rigorously, feed constantly, and blossoms over the 20 plus days.
Reading Boot Camp is a teaching philosophy that uses collaborative teaching, cooperative learning structures, active student learning, and teacher made curriculum that has many levels, structures, and strategies designed to meet the needs of individual children and classrooms.
“Reading Boot Camp is a sure fire way to rev-up reading in your classroom. RBC has no magical remedy, just uses consistent teaching practices, significant time on task~reading with student accountability, coupled with high interest reading, student motivation and effort. Students who participated in Reading Boot Camp the summer of 2011 at Wilson K-8 and then for three weeks as the 2011 school year began, enjoyed the routines of daily singing to music with lyrics, poetry readings, word work drills, reading fluency drills, student choice in reading, academic word games, and motivational brain breaks which translated to student success. Does Reading Boot Camp work, YES! Students grow in their reading ability, are motivated to read, recite, and sing to lyrics, while reading which equals a high level of student engagement and more time on task reading!” Cindy Senn, Wilson k-8 Reading Specialist/Teacher
- Every half hour take a brain break!
- Sing lots of songs
- Build Reading Fluency!!!!
- Twice a day minimum incorporate formative handicrafts Käsityö
- Repeat all declarative lessons (Ex. Vocabulary Tier 1, 2, and 3) within two hours to maximize long term memory of materials
- Keep it fun
- Play games and more board games
- Be creative
- Use Cooperative Learning Structures
- Skip the published basal readers and computer reading software
Reading Boot Camp 2.0 English Language Arts: 20 Day Curriculum Map
1. Daily Reading Fluency Practice: Literature and Informational Text2. Daily Read Alouds with Socratic Seminars: Analyzing and Discussing Literature3. Mini ELA Concept-Lesson/Teaching Points: See daily teaching points4. Small Group Guided Reading: Close Reading Strategies (Summarize and paraphrase main ideas in Literary Fiction, nonfiction, & Expository / Informational Text)5. Independent Close Reading: One Page Close Reading Passages Literature and Informational Text6. Shared Reading / Reading Literature (Harry Potter) and Informational Text (Make inferences/draw conclusions)7. Multimodal Word Study: Tier1, 2, and 3 Academic Vocabulary / Context Clues / Multimeaning words / Word Analysis · Greek and Latin Roots · Base Words · Prefixes, Affixes, and Suffixes8. Writing Focus: Dependent on Grade Level ELA StandardsWeek #1 Narrative Writing and Poetry or Research-Based Informational Writing,Week #2: Opinion and Informational Writing or Research-Based Opinion/Argument EssaysWeek #3 Research-Based Informational Writing or Narrative Writing, or PoetryWeek #4 Opinion and Informational Writing or Research-Based Opinion/Argument Essays
· Greek and Latin Roots · Base Words · Prefixes, Affixes, and Suffixes · multimeaning words · contexts clues
AT LEVEL REVIEW:
7 elements of narative stories, plot, character types, setting, conflict, resolution
TEXT FEATURES EXPOSITORY TEXT
Cited textual evidence · text annotation
· 5 Organizational Structure of Different Genres · Connections among and across texts & genres
· Narrative text, 7 main genres of fiction · plot development, including subplot ·3+ types of conflict · resolution
· LITERARY DEVICES
· LITERARY FORMS
· LITERARY ELEMENTS
Making inferences, Drawing Conclusions, and locating supporting Information
· Point of view, first/third. limited vs omniscient and subj vs. objective · character qualities that influence theme and conflict · Character Analysis · characterization
Teaching Points:· Expository text, 5 main structures of · Inference · Predictions · Drawing Conclusions ·, Signal words · Locating Key Information (Close Reading)
TEXT FEATURES of EXPOSITORY TEXT
AT LEVEL REVIEW:
· Narrative text, 7 main genres of fiction · plot development, including subplot · 3+ types of conflict · Character qualities that influence theme and conflict
literary devices: allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification…
· Plot development, including subplot · Character qualities that influence theme and conflict · Point of view, limited vs omniscient and subj vs. objective
AT LEVEL REVIEW:
· LITERARY DEVICES
· LITERARY FORMS
· LITERARY ELEMENTS
· Connections among and across texts & genres
· Persuasive and argumentative text · Factual claims, counter claims, · Textual evidence · Assertions · Opinions, reasons & evedence ·…
Poetry forms · poetry terms · poetry types and structures
|compare & contrast (distinguish between), cause & effect, restate, support & supporting details/evidence, reinforce, details, context||categorize, determine, predict, reference, retell, informational, restate, paraphrase, related, evidence, evaluate, convince||clarify, claim, bias, conclude, contribute, resolution, opinions, persuade. prejudice, stereotype, argument, reasoning||convince, conclude, evaluate, evidence, characteristics, cite, comparative, persuade, persuasive
Day #1 Essential Questions, Academic and Concept Vocabulary, Teaching Points, and ELA Lesson Focus!
Objective: Students will explore, read, review, build background knowledge, and discuss the concept of root words with prefixes and suffixes and identify their meanings.
Greek and Latin Roots, Base Words, Prefixes, Affixes, and Suffixes.
Day One Concept Focus Extensions (Background Knowledge): Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing the meaning word. Part of reading comprehension involves using the other words in a sentence or passage to understand an unknown word. An author often includes hints, or clues, to help the reader expand vocabulary and grasp the meaning of the passage.Spiraling Reading Strategies and ELA Concept Review Day #1
Essential Questions: Understanding and making meaning from a text requires background knowledge and locating facts in the text. What are the best strategies to make an inference and draw a conclusion when I read?
Teaching Points /Concept Vocabulary
Tier 3: Inference, Predictions, Drawing Conclusions, and Locating Key Information (Close Reading)Lesson Ideas and Resource Links:
Tier 2: compare & contrast, cause & effect, restate, support & supporting details, reinforce, details, context
Socratic Seminar Topic: What did Ludwig Wittgenstein mean by "the limits of my language are the limits of my world"?
- Prefix-Suffix-Root List by Grade Level
- Analyzing Words with Roots and Affixes: Centers # 2
- Analyzing Words with Roots and Affixes: Centers # 1
- Greek and Latin Roots Lesson Plans
- Analyzing Words with Roots and Affixes: Plus Games
- Tic-TAKE-Toe™ Prefixes and Suffixes
Day Two Concept Focus (Background Knowledge): A narrative is a literary work that involves the retelling of a story. To develop an effective narrative essay, paper, poem or book, you need to include several common narrative elements. These elements include a main theme of the story, characters, a plot and the setting. Author's craft is the art of writing immersive stories. It is the writer's intentional use of LITERARY DEVICES and LITERARY ELEMENTS to create introspective thoughts and or emotions in the reader.Word Analysis/ Concept Word Study | Academic and Concept Vocabulary Focus Day #2
- CHARACTER, THEME, PLOT, POINT OF VIEW / Types of Point of View, SETTING, CONFLICT, and TONE.
- Exposition, rising action, conflict, turning points, plot twist, climax, falling action, resolution
- Conversation, converse, dialogue
5 stages of a Story: 1 – Exposition. Exposition is the beginning of the story. The author sets up the story including characters, setting, and main conflicts. 2 - Rising Action. The Rising Action occurs throughout the story. This is where conflicts start to build. 3 – Climax. The Climax is the turning point of the story. This point in the story is when conflicts start to move in a different direction and it may not always be a positive direction. 4 - Falling Action. Falling Action occurs after the climax as conflicts start to resolve in the story. The excitement of the climax means the end is near. 5 – Resolution. The Resolution is the solution to the problem as you have reached. The solution might not be what you want, but the conflict has been resolved.
Spiraling Reading Strategies and ELA Concept Review Day #2
Tier 2: convince, conclude, evaluate, evidence, characteristics, comparative, persuade, persuasive
Socratic Seminar Topic: "Amat victoria curam" "Victory loves preparation"
Day Two Concept Focus (Background Knowledge): Atmosphere, Mood, Tone.. While “tone” is the writer's attitude towards the story, “mood” is the feeling the reader gets from the authors style of writing. Tone often describes the writing overall, but the mood (feeling) of a piece of writing can change throughout it. Tone and mood in fiction and literature are created by a writer's style and ... identify what's important to him, but also affect the reader's response and feelings. ... of which is ideal when you want to draw a reader deep into story. ... It's not the reader's emotions, but the atmosphere (the vibe) of a scene or story.
MOOD = EMOTIONS & FEELINGS Create a list of mood words
TONE= Positive or Negative ATTITUDE Create a list of attitude words
Mood = ATMOSPHERE = Sensory Details and Words in in Writing
Essential Concepts: Main ideas are typically found in a literary passage. Central ideas are found in an informational text
· The theme is the lesson or message that the writer wants to get across in his or her story.
Tier 3: Main Idea, Central Ideas, Topic, Theme, and Points of View
Tier 2: categorize, determine, sequencing, claim, inform, persuade,
Character qualities that influence theme and conflict, Point of view limited vs omniscient and subj vs. objectiveLesson Ideas and Resource Links:
Socratic Seminar Topic: “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green
1. What does the title tell you? Is this a persuasive text, expository text, narrative text, or technical text?
2. Skim the text and label/annotate the headings, titles, subheadings, pictures, diagrams, captions, and any text features
3. Read the text closely and annotate each paragraph seeking the main ideas, themes, mood, tone, points of view...Annotate in the margins and take notes. Read the first and last sentence of each paragraph and find the main ideas.
4. Read the question carefully and circle 1 or 2 keywords/clues in the questions and one keyword/clue in each of the multiple choice questions or distractor choices.
5. Skim the text and find the exact text or passage that supports your first answer choice or conclusion.
6. Investigate and eliminate the 2 or 3 distractors or DECEIVERS with the same close reading strategies. Distractors are designed to fool the passive reader.
7. Annotate and X-OUT the distractors, why are they wrong and what is your proof/evidence?
8. Find and prove your answer using text evidence and circle the correct answer and highlight it!
Morning Songs | Start the Day RIGHT!
We use Tier 2 and Tier 3 Academic Vocabulary.
1st Grade Comprehensive English Vocabulary Tier 1, 2 & 3
2nd Grade Comprehensive English Vocabulary Tier 1, 2 & 3
3rd Grade Comprehensive English Vocabulary Tier 1, 2 & 3
Comprehensive Academic Vocabulary Tier 2 Blooms Taxonomy Vocabulary
9:15 Poetry and Prose: Students can read a quick poems with a reading buddy or come together for formal poetry readings and student recitation. Formal poetry readings start with soft jazz music and students sitting with their poetry books in hand, reading along as a student reads or I perform a selected poem. Students who have mastered a poem are invited to recite for the class. We critique the poem for articulation, emotions, and our thoughts and impressions. Extensions: Jazz and poetry can run longer than the five to ten minutes that I give it during Reading Boot Camp. Reading collections of poems from the same author and doing a more thorough analysis is time well spent and makes life-long readers of poetry. There are many "aah . . ." and "Wow!" teachable moments in poetry. Digging deeper into poetry helps teach the hardest concepts in reading, such as inference, author's view point, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and allusion. Extensions: Riddles and Jokes are also used to teach inferential thinking skills.
9:25 Guided Reading or Close Reading: Students participate in an Oprah-style book club during Reading Boot Camp and throughout the year. All students (and the teacher) read the same award-winning chapter book. I usually start with a book that is one grade above the level I teach to insure a very steep learning curve. Harry Potter books are favorites. Whenever a student or I read to the class, the students always have the text in front of them. The students read along silently with the reader, their fingers following word-for-word. To begin, I read the first few pages (no more than half of the chapter). I stop frequently to do a 'think aloud' to show my thoughts and opinions. Any passage that has a teachable moment is seized to help students understand complex concepts. Background knowledge and challenging vocabulary are explained and simplified with synonyms and examples. Students have a short breakout reading session with their peers and reread what I read to them. Students are grouped in many ways, from picking groups randomly using popsicle sticks, to forming groups using student data. Students take turns reading two pages and then actively monitoring for understanding and decoding. The student who monitors the reader must ask three questions that show a deep understanding of what was just read. The impressions of characters feelings, motivations, author's viewpoint, and vocabulary are discussed and analyzed for meaning. Students who cannot decode a word or don’t know its meaning get assistance from their peers, or, if needed, from the teacher.
9:50 Brain Breaks: Educational Sloyd "handicrafts training that incorporates character building", Games, Poems. and Music and Lyrics: Students learn to sing 10-20 songs during RBC. We usually start with the Beatles or classics from the great singer songwriters.
9:55 Quick Fluency drill: Students retake the previous fluency drill to improve their wpm scores.
10:00 Music and Movement: After sustained, focused reading and concentration, students take a music and movement break in the form of a high-energy tune and kung fu exercises. The kids do deep knee bends, push ups, and other stretching exercises -- think Tie Chi and New Wave Rave music. Extensions: I will turn the music and movement break into a longer lesson by having the students listen to a song with great poetic lyrics. The goal for the students is to listen and write down all the lyrics. The students' focus quickly turns to mania to get all the lyrics written down. Active listening is very easy to teach with this method, especially if you use a song from No Doubt to Katy Perry. '
10:05 Story Maps and Journaling: Students write a story map or journal entry to strengthen reading concepts. Students work together with their reading partners or with the teacher together for the second part of the guided reading instruction. We review important concepts to look for and discuss the main idea of the chapter. I model a proper story map on the chalk board and show students my thought processes on selecting important detail. Students break out into groups and revisit the chapter they just read earlier with their peers. They review the chapter again, stopping to write challenging and interesting vocabulary. Then they sequence important details as they happen in the chapter. Students can use the author’s words and phrases or put them into their own words, depending on their ability. Students take turns reading and helping with selecting important content and discussing what is actually important. Students usually have fifteen to twenty vocabulary words and ten to twenty sentences in sequential order.
We Spend 30% of the day goofing off with enrichment activities! Handicraft "Käsityö", Paper Sloyd. Singing Songs, Playing Games, Hunting for Sand Rubies in the Sand Box, Dancing to Bollywood Songs, Dressing Up, Hand Weaving, and every other fun activity that makes learning fun!
We Take a Brain Break Every Half Hour!
The Praisers Club Affirmation Poster Party!
The Students Play Games Twice A Day!
The Kids Favorite Quick
Brain Break is Hand Weaving "Käsityö"!
10:45 Word Work Vocabulary Practice with Peers | Dragons and Airships or Alien Vocabulary Game | (Tier 3 and Tier 2 Testing Words) Use this free tier 3 academic vocabulary game to background knowledge and build Reading ELA readiness. The game is designed to be a fun way to build academic vocabulary using a game students already know, snakes and ladders. .
MORE BRAIN GAMES: VOCABULARY SPARKLE Have your children stand or sit on their desk so they are facing the teacher. Start at either end of room and give the first child a vocabulary word or definition. They say the definition or kid friendly sentence if given the vocabulary word or they must give the word when a definition is given. The child that cannot give an answer says SPARKLE and must sit down. Continue the game until you are down to one child! The last child that has answered all the vocabulary gets a small bag of popcorn. Every child that answers a hard vocabulary question correctly gets a pretzel, stamp, or a sticker. They love this and it is great review for challenging academic vocabulary! Start with a mix of easy and hard words to get the kids excited and ready to study the challenging academic words.
Teaching Poetic Devices with Lyrics!!
11:30 SMARTBoard Read Aloud: Alice in Wonderland, Chapter One: Students gather around the SMARTBoard to read and listen to Alice in Wonderland. I load the PDF ebook to display on the SMARTBoard, select the Librivox audio book, and start the presentation. I ask for a volunteer to use the pointer to help students follow the text as its being read by the Librivox narrator. The students relax and listen to Alice and I have time to work with a student or put my feet up and take a breather. I am lucky to have a SMARTBoard to help with reading instruction and lesson planning. Before the SMARTBoard, I was stuck using my Aver key and my TV.
Make Reading an Event!
12:00 Morning Wrap: Quick discussions of morning goals, learning, and methods are critiqued to improve the learning environment. Exemplary students who demonstrate excellent manners and etiquette are praised and celebrated.
12:05: Brain Breaks: Music and Lyrics:
12:10 Recess and Lunch: Students who are not on task, who play or goof around, lack manners or good school-etiquette are kept in during recess to re-teach those skills that are needed to succeed. I use an old-school method of positive behavior modification in the form of writing sentences. Positive affirmations are used to help modify attitude and behavior. Intermediate students, who are chronically off the mark, write twenty five affirmations to start the reprogramming and they lose their lunch recess.
12:40 Vocabulary Practice With Buddy: Vocabulary Building Activities
12:50 Quick Fluency drill: Students retake the previous fluency drill to improve their wpm scores.
12:55 Poetry and Prose: Students buddy read a poem or come together for student recitation or performance. We start the soft jazz music and sit with our poetry books in hand, reading along as the students recite or perform a selected poem.
The fountains mingle with the river
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle -
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother:
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea -
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?
1:00 Academic Vocabulary Instruction: Six challenging words are selected, usually at a grade above what is taught. I use a fifth grade vocabulary list for some, and sixth grade for a few students. Vocabulary is reviewed, categorized (noun, verb, adjective etc.) and synonyms and antonyms are diagrammed on the SMARTBoard or chalk board. I give three examples of each word in a sentence to help students understand the meaning. Students then write one kid-friendly sentence per word, with at least six words, to show understanding. Students are allowed to use my sentences or write their own. Extensions: Students above grade level can assist with writing and editing of peers' work and reading if they are competent and good role models. Students can also assist with analyzing new poems and literature for challenging vocabulary and suggested lessons.
1:15 Fluency Drills or Math Blast Vocabulary Lesson Math Blast is a quick review of Tier 3 Math vocabulary on the chalk board with examples. Example: Obtuse, Mode, Median, Ordered Pairs or any other Grade level Tier 3 Vocabulary students must mastered. 1:20 Vocabulary Instruction: VOCABULARY MASTERS!
1:30 Music and Movement: After sustained focus and concentration, students take a music and movement break in the form of a super-high-energy tune and Kung Fu exercises. The kids do deep-knee bends, push ups, and other stretching exercises think Tie Chi and new-wave, rave music.
1:35 Poetry and Prose: Student volunteers read a favorite poem as the class reads along. Cracker Barrel Philosophy: Reading great poetry is bubble gum for the imagination. 'It's very hard when you start but the more you chew the softer it gets". Sean
1:44 Word Wall Fluency Drills
1:45 Quick Fluency drill: Students retake the previous fluency drill to improve their wpm scores.
1:50 Poetry Recitation: Students write, read, and memorize a poem to recite. The students read and reread the entire poem, practicing articulation and enunciation for public performance. They must memorize at least one stanza, and students with more skill can memorize up to four. We start with a simple poem like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that most kids know.
2:15 Music and Lyrics:
2:20 Short Stories: Students select a short story from their anthologies, peer read with their partners, and take notes in their reading journals. Try to incorporate the classics, e.g. The Brothers Grimm and Aesop’s Fables to give students a foundation in classic literature.
2:30 Guided Reading or Close Reading: Students bring their Harry Potter book and join in as I read the first few pages of the next chapter that was read earlier in the morning. We read chorally, practicing speed and fluency, with me as the model. I stop often, explaining my Metacognition, to help student take deeper meaning from the material. I ask for volunteers to reread a paragraph or a passage, as the class silently reads along. Background knowledge and challenging vocabulary is explained in detail, and we try to make connections to books, movies, or other teachable concepts. The students then break out into their groups and reread what we read chorally. Each student may read or monitor for understanding, and all students are encouraged to read. During transitions to the next reader, they pause for inquiry and dialogue on important impressions. Students who cannot decode a word, or don’t know its meaning, get assistance first from their peers then the teacher.
2:45 Music and Lyrics:
2:50 Vocabulary Practice With Buddy: Vocabulary Building Activities A sample page from my NEW Eclectic Intermediate Speller (2012-2013) that meets or exceeds all Common Core State Standards for Reading and English Language Arts! A Sample Week
Academic Vocabulary Tier 2 Blooms Taxonomy Vocabulary
3:00 Short Music and Movement Cleanup: Always leave the student on a high point, if possible, with great music and lots of smiles and praise.
Homework Reading Ideas:
The Great Robot Race: Weekly Reading Assignment #1
Read the short wiki article below about DARPA'S Grand Challenge and then watch the PBS Nova program. Write a short summary, create a Glogster, Empressr, and or Prezi of what you learned or found interesting and post it to the Reading Sage Blog.
Extra Credit: Follow the links on the wiki article and or read one of the extra articles below and do an in-depth research paper or digital presentation about the DARPA challenge and share your findings and opinions with our readers.
Reading Assignment Extensions | Digital Presentations:
Create a Digital Project and share the link and project on the Reading Sage Blog.
My Top 10 Digital Presentation Tools!
- Spreaker Create an online podcast or radio show and share with your friends
- Vocaroo Online Voice Recorder Vocaroo is a quick and easy way to record and share voice messages, podcast over the internet with no sign up
- Glogster Express yourself with the ultimate Glog(TM) - graphic blog. Mix Web, Images, Text, Music and Video.
- Little Bird Tales: Capture the Voice of Childhood. We offer a fun,unique way to create,record and share stories online.
- Empressor Tell your story anyway you like. Add photos, music, video, and audio, and share it publicly or privately in an instant. Empressr is the best and original browser based rich media presentation and storytelling tool.
- Prezi Prezi is a cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas
- Voki Voki is a FREE service that lets you: Create customized avatars. Add voice to your Voki avatars. Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.
- VUVOX VUVOX allows you to create interactive slideshows and presentations from photos, video and music from Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, and YouTube..
- Slideshare Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios
- Zoho Zoho offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity and offering easy collaboration.
More Reading Opportunities! STEM RULES!
- Stanley: The Robot that Won the DARPA Grand Challenge
- Winning the DARPA Grand Challenge with an AI Robot
- Junior: The Stanford Entry in the Urban Challenge
- Why We Compete in DARPA’s Urban ChallengeAutonomous Robot Race
PBS LINK DARPA Grand Challenge
The DARPA Grand Challenge is a prize competition for American driverless vehicles, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the most prominent research organization of the United States Department of Defense. Congress has authorized DARPA to award cash prizes to further DARPA's mission to sponsor revolutionary, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between fundamental discoveries and military use. The initial DARPA Grand Challenge was created to spur the development of technologies needed to create the first fully autonomous ground vehicles capable of completing a substantial off-road course within a limited time. The third event, the DARPA Urban Challenge extended the initial Challenge to autonomous operation in a mock urban environment. The most recent Challenge, the 2012 DARPA Robotics Challenge, will focus on autonomous emergency-maintenance robots. Wiki
a Literary Adventure Game
In this RISK style “word domination game“ game of reading comprehension and reading strategies you are battling to conquer the world of literacy, literary elements, poetry and academic vocabulary in any domain. To win, you must launch daring adventures, assemble teams of scholars, build floating sky fortresses of learning (Sky Libraries), seek knowledge on all fronts, and sweep across vast literary lands with boldness and cunning. But remember, the dangers, as well as the rewards, are high. Just when the world of knowledge is within your grasp, your antagonist opponent might strike and take it all away!
Legendary Lands Map Quadrangle 1 of 4