I'm excited to be linking up once again for the Building Back to School Blog Hop. This week is all about language tools.
This has always been my least favorite subject to teach. Let's face it...it's not very exciting. So here are 4 tips I always try to keep in mind.
1: Make it Daily
Whether you use a DOL program, journals, or (my favorite) choose an editing focus during your writing block, make language instruction a part of your daily ELA time.
2: Make it Authentic
Even though DOL is a great tool, studies show the most effective language instruction comes from authentic experiences. Here are some of my favorite activities:
- Use mentor texts to model conventions such as compound or complex sentence structures.
- Choose an author with incredible word choice (Jan Brett is always good) to model parts of speech.
- Model editing in my own writing or in previous students' writing (I never use a current students' work for whole class editing practice).
- Copy a passage from a current book you are reading and do a Notice It/Name It activity (Have students look through passage for anything at all, i.e. slanting letters. Give it a name: italics). Follow up with an explanation and a chance to use it in their own writing.
3: Make it Cumulative
Just because you've officially covered nouns for the year doesn't mean you are finished working with them. Language skills can't be taught in complete isolation never to be repeated. Language needs to be built upon and reviewed all year long.
4: Build Vocabulary
Whether you are studying parts of speech or Latin roots, use language instruction as a chance to build vocabulary. Word of the Week programs are great for building vocabulary, but make sure you are consistently using and reusing all the words introduced this way. I have a great Greek and Latin root product in my TPT store that does just this: introduces a root with examples, offers activities such as journals and word hunts, games such as I Have, Who Has, and quizzes. The whole program is cumulative so it constantly spirals back on itself throughout the whole year.
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