Character Trait Analysis

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Reflecting first on the Blachowicz Chapter "Flood, Fast, Focus", it was interesting to find out word learning is incremental and students learn about 3,000-4,000 words a year from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Inevitably, if students miss a large chunk of instruction in each grade in earlier elementary years, students will have no choice but to lag behind in the area of vocabulary instruction. It is very important to foster those skills at each level so students will have the chance to develop as proficient readers. One strategy discussed in the chapter was the Character Trait Analysis (CTA, Manyak, 2007). This strategy focuses on vocabulary describing personal character traits. In my opinion, it gives the student the opportunity to connect …show more content…
For example, I have various levels in my classroom ranging from EC (exceptional children) to AIG (Academically and Intellectually Gifted). Due to this, not all of my students learn at the same pace and level. However, I aim to reach all of my students on a given standard. Early struggling readers article states, differentiated instruction is essential to provide for interventions and needed for those who require extra support (Strickland Ganske & Monroe, 2002). Some teachers have the misconception that you have to create several different activities to teach one specific skill but in actuality you do not. Differentiated instruction is all about finding a medium where all students are able to learn and grow. As long as they are learning the same skill and standard, the same goal has been …show more content…
This is also an important tool in which students of all levels can benefit from. The components of the Frayer model include the word, definition of the word, characteristics of the word, and examples and non-examples that are present. This allows for students to actively attack the word and fully understand the context it’s used in. As learned through reading the articles on the Frayer model, teachers need to choose tier 3 words that are suitable to the text (Marzano, 2012). This gives them the chance to delve deep into the context of the word, so as they encounter the word they are able to fully comprehend the meaning. If digital Frayer models are being utilized, they can be conducted in the same manner as the models done on paper. Yet, the only difference is to make sure students safely find pictures online and cite sources. The Frayer model is done in my classroom as a vocabulary work on words center activity. This allows for my students to visually interact with the words discussed throughout the week or month. When we encounter the words in our readings, my students are able to comprehend the text at a greater level since attacking the words and having a better understanding of its

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