How to Use Guide
How to Use the Teacher Resources Guide
All eight Read It, Write It, Tell It units are arranged in the same way.
Each unit begins with the purpose of the lesson and a list of the Literary Text indicators for grades 3-4. Next, is a list of the kinds of questions that have been asked on past Ohio academic proficiency and achievement tests about the literary text element profiled in the unit. The questions are listed in order of difficulty with types of questions often asked of students as early as Grade Three at the top and those usually asked of Grade Seven students at the bottom. The questions are not individually identified by specific grade level. Use this section to preview the unit content, to review your grade level’s Ohio English Language Arts > Reading > Literary Text indicators, and to identify the types of literary text questions often asked on Ohio achievement tests.
1. Episode Information
This section of the guide provides information about the individual Read It, Write It, Tell It DVD episode. It includes background information for the instructor including: a synopsis of the program, a listing of the program’s content identified as to which elements are historical accurate, which are historically inaccurate, and which are tall tale; and a list of unit’s vocabulary words with which students may not be familiar.
2. Before Viewing
This section may be used before viewing the Read It, Write It, Tell It DVD episode. The questions in this section set the scene for both the episode and for the literary element on which the unit focuses.
3. After Viewing
This section includes questions about the episode and the unit’s literary text element. The questions may be used as a pre/post test. Students who cannot easily answer the After Viewing questions will benefit from the Read It, Write It, Tell It Teacher Resources Guide Lessons (Section 4) and/or Extensions (Section 5). Students who are able to easily answer the After Viewing questions have proven their ability to listen actively. They have probably mastered the literary text element that will be addressed by the Lessons (Section 4) and/or the Extensions (Section 5) of the Read It, Write It, Tell It Teacher Resources Guide.
This section provides one or more lessons, usually with worksheets – and answers, that teach the unit’s literary element. Most of the lessons can be used independently from the Read It, Write, Tell It episode profiled in the unit but a few of the lessons are directly connected to the episode.
This section of the guide provides suggestions for activities and Internet resources to extend instruction for both the literary element and the Read It, Write It, Tell It episode. Lessons and lesson plans from Read/Write/Think.org, the Ohio Resource Center, and the Ohio Department of Education’s Instructional Management System are featured. Other Internet resources apropos the unit’s content are also provided. The entire listing of extensions for grade 3-7 has been kept to provide resources for differentiated instruction.