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LITERACY SPOTLIGHT

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Week of August 30 - September 3, 2016

This Weeks TOPIC:


SKILL: Using Experts and Quoted Words to Find Details That
CLIMATE
CHANGE AND THE
Matter
Working with Words and Introduction
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LA FLOODS
Read Closely: Leave Tracks and Pick Details that
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Matter
Read Closely: Leave Tracks and Pick Details that
Matter
Read Closely: Think Hard and Turn on the Light
Lets Talk Texts: Juicy Question and Debate

Were
Focusi
ng
On
Litera
cy

STRONG Readers and


writers...

So, Lets Talk Texts, Tasks, and Strategies!

DAY 1: Introduction
WHAT

Pump Up the Vocabulary

HOW

Review words related to the text:


The Dice Are Loaded: Climate Change and the flooding
in Louisiana. - Washington Post, 8/19/16
Introduce topic through visuals and multimedia.

upending
Turning upside down,
Turning over
(ACTION)

stunning
Impressive, shocking
(ADJECTIVE)

caused
To make something
happen.
(ACTION)

meteorologis
ts
A person who studies
the
atmosphere and
weather.
(Person)

exacerbating
To make a problem,
Bad situation or
negative feeling worse.
To aggravate, bother
(ACTION)

dices are
loaded
To fix the odds so
theres
No chance for another
person
To win (only one
outcome).
(EXPRESSION)

bouts
Short periods of
Intense activity

SEE-ThinkWONDERAdditional
Source:
FEEL
Inconvenient Truth
Trailer
YOUTUBE
NON-YOU-TUBE

Read-Aloud: INtroduction

So, what is this


article going to be
about?
USE THE 5 Ws + H
to help you.

Thats
All
for
Today!

DAY 2: Read Closely: Leave


Tracks, Pick Details that
WHAT
Reading Critically and Talking Texts
Matter
Use Experts and Quoted Words to Pick Details That
HOW

Matter
The Dice Are Loaded: Climate Change and the flooding
in Louisiana. - Washington Post, 8/19/16
Text Huddle: Question the Author, Shine Light on
Evidence

retain
To keep, hold onto, not
discard
(ACTION)

precipitation
Any product of
condensation that
Falls under gravity Snow, rain, sleet, hail
(THING)

greenhouse
gas emissions
Greenhouse Gas:
A gaseous compound capable of
absorbing infrared radiation THEREFORE, a compound that traps
and holds onto heat.
Emissions:
Something released, leaked, ejected,
or discharged

Read-Aloud: USING
EXPERTS and QUOTED
WORDS

What is the relationship between the flood and


climate change?

Whic
h
detail
s
matt
er?

STUDENT TEXT A: USING


EXPERTS and QUOTED Whic
h
WORDS
detail
s
matt
er?

Which weather event is linked to climate change?


Which sentence best supports your answer?

STUDENT TEXT B: USING


EXPERTS and QUOTED Whic
h
WORDS
detail
s
matt
er?
Why is the increase of rainfall and heavy flooding
an indirect result of climate change?
Which paragraph BEST explains the connections?

STUDENT TEXT B: USING


EXPERTS and QUOTED Whic
h
WORDS

detail
s
matt
er?

If a scientists wanted to prove the link between the


flood and climate change, what would he or she need
to do?
Which paragraph best proves this?

WORDS IN CONTEXT:
attribution study

Whats the goal of an attribution study?

Whic
h
detail
s
matt
er?

Thats
All
for
Today!

DAY 3: Read Closely: Leave


Tracks, Pick Details that
WHAT
Reading Critically and Talking Texts
Matter
Use Experts and Quoted Words to Pick Details That
HOW

Matter
The Dice Are Loaded: Climate Change and the flooding
in Louisiana. - Washington Post, 8/19/16
Text Huddle: Question the Author, Shine Light on
Evidence

thermodynamic
Thermo = heat
Dynamic = energy and work
The branch of science
concerned
with heat and temperature
and
their relation to energy and
work.

STUDENT TEXT A: USING


EXPERTS and QUOTED Whic
h
WORDS
detail
s
matt
er?
How does Kevins Trenberths opinion differ from the
previous one?

STUDENT TEXT B: USING


EXPERTS and QUOTED Whic
h
WORDS
detail
s
matt
er?
How might Trenberts position be helpful to the
debate?

Thats
All
for
Today!

DAY 4: Read Closely: Think


Hard and Show What You
Reading Critically and Checking for Understanding
WHAT
KnowAnswer questions to show what you know
HOW

The Dice Are Loaded: Climate Change and the flooding


in Louisiana. - Washington Post, 8/19/16
Summarizing Central Ideas and Themes

infrastructur
e
The basic physical and
organizational
framework or features
of a system.
(THING/CONCEPT)

Reliable
predictor
Reliable = trusted, true
Predictor = a variable that
tells what might happen in the
future.

relatively
In relation, comparison,
and
Proportion
(when compared to
others)

potentially
An action that could
happen
Or might be true
(possibly, but not
actually
Possibility of it
happening or
being true)

levees
A built embankment
built
To prevent the overflow
of a river and regulate
water.

extremes
A thing or concept far
removed from the
ordinary or average.
Very large,
extraordinary,
Extravagant,
spectacular

Teacher Read Aloud:


USING EXPERTS and
QUOTED WORDS

How did paying attention to quoted words and


expert opinions
help us find details that matter?

Whic
h
detail
s
matt
er?

Think Hard and Show What


Question
| What the text says (9-10 RI 1)
You 1Know:

Think Hard and Show What


Question
| People, Events, and Ideas (9-10 RI 3)
You 2Know:

Think Hard and Show What


Question
| People, Events, and Ideas (9-10 RI 3)
You 3Know:

Think Hard and Show What


Question
| What the text says (9-10 RI 1)
You 4Know:

Thats
All
for
Today!

DAY 5: Lets TALK Texts Juicy Questions and Final


WHAT
Speaking and Discussing Ideas
Idea Participate in a Debate: Should we keep investing
HOW

in LA?
The Dice Are Loaded: Climate Change and the flooding
in Louisiana. - Washington Post, 8/19/16
Build Upon Ideas and Sustain and Propel
Discussions

Lets Talk: What do you


think?
Should we keep putting money into rebuilding
Louisiana considering the financial costs after
Hurricane Katrina and this unnamed storm with
significant rainfall?
Reasons we SHOULD continue to
rebuild:

Reasons we SHOULD NOT continue to


rebuild:

SUStAIN and Propel


DISCUSSIONS:

FINISH STRONG: What DID


THE AUTHOR CONVEY?

Using the Subheadings and key ideas, write 2 sentences to summarize


the central idea.
Subheadings

Experts Explain That Flood Was Not Caused By


Climate Change
Climate Change Is...Weighting The Dice Against
Us
A Warmer Atmosphere Means More Rain and
Snow
A Different Way To Think About Extreme Weather
and Climate Change
Global Warming is Real and Present.

Summary Frames

The central idea is


The passage states
One important fact is
The experts said
The experts wanted the reader to
believe