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Brick and Mortar Words
A way of reading, writing, speaking and listening that reflects valued knowledge and effective communication skills.
Students fail when…
Verbal and visual associations
Right Away activities
Kinesthetic, auditory, and tactile connections
The teacher gives students a quick verbal definition and several examples of the brick. Then she/he moves to visual associations so that students can begin to associate the brick with an image.
draw or use a picture
show a video
use a graphic organizer
make a web map
demonstrate with a real thing
Have You Ever…?
The teacher poses a question that forces students to activate their personal experiences and prior knowledge in order to connect to and describe the brick.
Have you ever critiqued a movie?
Describe what happened.
Now watch the hands go up!
The teacher uses the brick in a sentence stem but does not finish the statement; students complete this fragment based on the lesson. Responses can be either oral or written.
How ironic that it is raining and…
Teacher and/or students act out the brick in the form of hand motions, role plays, music or chants, or real items.
Teachers can combine several bricks in one activity.
contrast, differ from, analyze, led to, ramifications
SOMEBODY WANTED BUT SO GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
1) Think Alouds
Predicting Connecting to Background
3. Students become more proficient in the language of school.
This skill prepares students for graduation and lays the foundation for their becoming valued employees in the workforce, distinguished military personnel in the Armed Forces, and/or successful students in college. Regardless of the path taken in life, students will be able to compete realistically in their chosen careers.
Zwiers, Jeff. Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms, Grades 5-12. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
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