[MOSAIC] fiction or nonfiction to start the year?
gina_nunley at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 4 15:11:38 EDT 2007
I need your sage advice. I am in a quandry (I'm an expert at that.....my
husband and I laugh because it is Hard to be me).
Normally I begin the year with something akin to Fountas and Pinnell's first
21 days. Basically getting independent reading up and going and routine.
As this is happening I am teaching strategy lessons.
After the MOT2 disucssion I had a huge AHA. I think my lessons will be much
more effective if we're trying to read challenging nonfiction. By sixth
grade, strategy lessons in fiction are just a little to easy to encourage a
strong purpose for using them in the kids.
But that means beginning my year with nonfiction. I have never done that.
Don't get me wrong I am flexible enough to change, but I wonder will I be
sorry that I didn't establish independent reading time from the beginning.
I only have 90 minutes a day for reading writing spelling so I have to be
practical about how much I plan. I just couldn't do both.
You can laugh if this seems ridiculously anal, but I would welcome any
thoughts. (-: Gina
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