For nonfiction, we’ve included:
Using nonfiction text features (RI.7)
Summarizing (RI.1, RI.2, RI.3)
Determining main idea and supporting details (RI.1, RI.2)
Making inferences (RI.1, RI.3)
Identifying text evidence (RI.1)
Analyzing two texts (RI.1, R1.9)
Text structures (RI.5)
All of these key skills will be reinforced between our two nonfiction features. Summarizing, determining main idea and supporting details, text evidence, and making inferences are differentiated; you’ll find two versions of these activity sheets to help all readers meet challenging standards.
For fiction, we’ve included:
Theme (RL.2, RL.9)
Author's craft (RL.4, RL.5, RL.6)
All of these key skills will be reinforced between our fiction feature and play.
Here are some ways you can use our Core Skills Workout:
Focus on one or two skills. Have students complete the activities for building those skills with both our major nonfiction feature and our nonfiction paired texts, or our fiction and play.
Use all of the Core Skills activities for one of our articles for a comprehensive skills introduction or review.
As skills arise in your scope and sequence, choose the activities that support your teaching goals.
Choose higher-level or lower-level versions of activities for your whole class, or distribute the appropriate version to individual students. Both versions will help students master the same skills.
Don’t forget, the Core Skills Workout is in addition to all the other activities you get with Storyworks features: vocabulary, quizzes, close-reading and critical-thinking questions, featured-skill activities, and more.
Click here to find the Core Skills Workout activities (and more!) for this issue.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about our Core Skills Workout!
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