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Students were told about this assignment when they began working on American History, Chapter 2. Students may not be reminded in Language Arts each time Mr. Kleber begins a new chapter.
Students have more difficulty reading informational text than reading fictional stories. They tend to want to skim the chapters and only fill in blanks when reading their textbooks. Our College and Career Ready Standards require students to be better informational text readers. How do we help students learn how to read informational text without adding more work? Mr. Kleber and I have teamed up and we are requiring the students to turn in an outline of each American History chapter section to Mrs. Jones on the day the section in due in Mr. Kleber's class.
These outlines are part of the Language Arts' grade. Informational text is a standard that we practice all year. Instead of adding more reading to the students' schedule, the textbook each student is required to read is the Informational Text chosen at this time.
The students will be shown how to begin outlining chapter two of the textbook in Language Arts class, and Mr. Kleber will give the students notes in an outline style. Students have work sheets to complete for each section of a chapter, so the student should be reading each chapter. Outlining causes them to look for important details in the text while he/she is reading, writing it down in an orderly fashion. This outline will also serve as a study tool for students before the History test.
An increase in History test scores has been recorded with the students who complete the assignment in the order they have been instructed to follow.