Grade Band Appropriate Lists Liberty University P
For this assignment, the candidate will choose and read a fiction book from the grade band appropriate lists provided. The candidate will choose an appropriately matched non-fiction text to pair with the fiction reading and create a lesson plan overview describing the use of the text-pair as a teaching tool.
for the 4th grade, instructions, rubric, and book is attached
Fiction/Nonfiction Text Pairs
Expanding our understandings of disciplinary literacy means that we need to continually encourage our students to read like the scientists, historians, mathematicians, and future business entrepreneurs that we hope that they become. This means that we need to provide a variety of non-fiction or informational texts and passages to our students. One way to help with this is to pair these non-fiction passages and texts with existing fiction texts. This method is commonly used to teach literacy in English Language Arts classes with the non-fiction/supporting text known as a “mentor text.” This may seem easy at first, but we must be discerning purveyors of literature. The texts that we select must compliment the fiction text in both content and structure and must be age/grade appropriate. Although we can often readily find examples of non-fiction texts with a similar subject, they might not always present as a great choice for our reading levels. In addition, non-fiction or informational texts can sometimes be very dense or dry, so we must try to find the most engaging and content-specific work we can.
Note: This assignment requires you to select and read a grade-level appropriate text from a series of options. You will need to begin this assignment during Week 1 to ensure that you are able to submit by the assignment due date. Failure to do so may result in an inability to complete this work in a timely manner.
During Week 1 you will be asked to self-enroll in the appropriate Grade Level band based on the area where you already hold or are seeking licensure (K-5; 6-8; 9-12). There you will find a selection of age appropriate fiction texts You will need to choose one of the given fiction texts in your grade band and content area.
After choosing and reading your fiction text, you will then need to find and select an appropriately matched non-fiction/informational text that is content-specific and present your findings using the guide found below. This non-fiction text can sometimes be called a mentor text and will provide evidentiary and contextual support for your fiction text in classroom use.
Your assignment submission must include the following components regarding your selected non-fiction text:
Provide a short 1-2 paragraph overview of the text. Be sure to note the source of the text or passage as well as the general relation of the text to the subject area.
Provide an excerpt of the passage or text that is no less than 500 words and no more than 1500 words to coincide with both the overview/summary and qualitative calculations.
Provide a short (1 paragraph) quantitative analysis of the selected text including at least two of the following readability formulas including the calculation methods: SMOG, Fleisch-Kincaid, Lexile, Fry Readability. An some excellent resources for this include:
Provide a short (1 – 2 paragraph) qualitative analysis of the selected texts including a discussion of the concerns and considerations that a teacher may need to make in order to teach the content. Consider and note any important themes, cultural considerations, or other important factors that may help a teacher to determine the appropriateness of the text in the classroom.
This section should comprise the bulk of your review. In a few paragraphs (2-4), explain the relationships between the fiction text selected and the mentor text. Be sure to include specific quotes/sections of the text that support one another and that can be used to help students better understand your content. Address specific ways that these text pairs can be used to help meet specific standards in your content and age group licensure areas. Be sure to name and list the national standards that would be relevant to a lesson incorporating these ideas.