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Q Is for Duck: Using Alphabet Books With Struggling Writers

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Q Is for Duck: Using Alphabet Books With Struggling Writers

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Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

Think alphabet books are just for kindergarten? Think again! In this lesson, students examine a variety of alphabet books, some with rather complex structures, specifically Mary Elting and Michael Folsom's Q Is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game. Students begin the lesson with a read-aloud of the story in which they guess why the authors chose to represent each letter with a particular word and then summarize the pattern of the book. Using "patterned" or "structured" writing can be very effective with struggling writers, and it also allows advanced students to extend their writing capabilities. Students use the pattern of Q Is for Duck to create their own class alphabet book in which students make clever associations for each letter of the alphabet. This experience will assist even the most reluctant writer in becoming an author.

Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
21 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.3.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.3.4a]

b. Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.3.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.3.4c]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.21- Read and comprehend a text of 100 words with or without pictures.
ELA.AAS.3.21a- Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
26 ) With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three Language standards in Grades K-3.) [W.3.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
30 ) Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision, and shorter time frames such as a single sitting or a day or two for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. [W.3.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
41 ) Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings. [L.3.5]

a. Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps). [L.3.5a]

b. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe people who are friendly or helpful). [L.3.5b]

c. Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered). [L.3.5c]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.3.41- Identify common synonyms and antonyms (e.g., happy-glad, hot-cold).
ELA.AAS.3.41b- Identify words that describe how people act (e.g. describe people who are friendly or helpful).


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
42 ) Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them). [L.3.6]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
21 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.4.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.4.4a]

b. Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.4.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.4.4c]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.4.21- Read/identify 150 words associated with pictures or tangible objects.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
26 ) With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of the first three Language standards in Grades K-4.) [W.4.5]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
31 ) Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision, and shorter time frames such as a single sitting or a day or two for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. [W.4.10]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
43 ) Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation). [L.4.6]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
21 ) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. [RF.5.4]

a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. [RF.5.4a]

b. Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. [RF.5.4b]

c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. [RF.5.4c]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.5.21- Read/identify 200 words associated with pictures or tangible objects.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
38 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.5.1]

a. Explain the function of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections in general and their function in particular sentences. [L.5.1a]

b. Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses. [L.5.1b]

c. Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions. [L.5.1c]

d. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense.* [L.5.1d]

e. Use correlative conjunctions (e.g., either/or, neither/nor). [L.5.1e]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.5.38- Demonstrate standard English grammar when communicating.
ELA.AAS.5.38a- Use conjunctions and prepositions correctly in sentences.
ELA.AAS.5.38b- Use correct verb tenses when speaking and/or writing.
ELA.AAS.5.38e- Use conjunctions correctly (i.e., and and or).


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
41 ) Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on Grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. [L.5.4]

a. Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. [L.5.4a]

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis). [L.5.4b]

c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases. [L.5.4c]


Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.5.41- Identify the meaning of a word used in context.
ELA.AAS.5.41c- Use a dictionary or a glossary to find the meaning of a word.


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