Navigating the Teaching Pal The Teaching Pal is a companion to the main Teacher’s Guide, offering point‑of‑use instructional notes for using the student texts for different purposes.
Blue Notes READ FOR UNDERSTANDING During a first reading of the complete text, use these notes to guide collaborative discussion about the gist of the selection.
Purple Notes TARGETED CLOSE READ
Green Notes WRITINGWORKSHOP
During a second reading, use these notes to take a closer look at sections of the text to apply a reading skill.
Use these notes for additional teaching support on the pre- and post-reading activity pages.
These notes send you to Writing Workshop pages referring to this selection as a writing mentor text.
READ FOR UNDERSTANDING
TARGETED CLOSE READ
Academic Discussion Use the Turn and Talk Routine . Tell children to listen carefully to their partner and build upon the others’ ideas. Possible responses: • It is light during the daytime. The sun brings us light. At night, it is dark. DOK 1 • The sun will disappear at night and the moon will come out. DOK 1 TEKS xxx, xxx, xx
DescribingWords Have children reread pages 14-15 to analyze the text for describing words. ASK: Which words tell what the city feels and sounds like? (loud and hot) FOLLOW-UP: How do these words help you understand the story? (They help readers imagine what it’s like to be in the scene on a hot summer night, hearing the city’s noises.) TEKS xxx DOK 2
Use Blackout as a mentor text for Writing a Story on Writing Workshop pages W2–W3.
ASK: What is the boy in the story trying to do? (He’s trying to find someone to play a board game with him.) FOLLOW-UP: How do the different people respond to the boy? (They tell him they can’t play because they are busy doing other things.) What evidence helps you know? (The sister says “Get out!” The dad says “Sorry…” The boy looks sad after talking to the mom.)
TEKS xxx, xxx, xx
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