A Week of Dr. Seuss

This week my student teacher, Mrs. Ahmad, began her unit. She facilitated a unit on poetry with a focus on identifying figurative language and applying literary devices within their writing.

Monday she began by administering a pretest. Then she began by reading Diffendoffer Day by Dr. Seuss. She modeled how to identify figurative language, and then students began engaging in purposeful talk identifying devices within the text. They also discussed the meaning of the figurative language used.

Then on Tuesday, she facilitated a shared reading using the mentor text My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. Once again she modeled how to identify figurative language within the text, and once again students engaged in purposeful talk determining the meaning behind the language and identifying the comparisons within the language.

Wednesday, she began the lesson by reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Then student's were given the lyrics to the song, and engaged in purposeful talk identifying the figurative language within the lyrics. She used the last two verses as an exit slip to determine whether students were mastering the target skill.

Every day, students participated in a 30 minute writing lesson using the Genius Ladder, a Whole Brain Teaching Strategy. Students incorporated figurative language within their essays.

Finally, on Friday students researched different examples of similes, metaphors, onomatopoeias, and hyperboles using the search engine Google on the iPads. Then they took their examples and created a simple sideshow using Keynote.

1 comment

  1. I love how she used Dr. Seuss with older students!!

    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach


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