I'm linking up with my friend Dianna from Sassy, Savvy, Simple Teaching to bring you chapter 3 of the "Falling in Love with Close Reading" Book Study.
I was super excited this week because my copy of the book finally arrived. One of the joys of shipping a book into Canada from the United States is that it can take a while (please note the sarcasm. Especially when there are holidays. Almost two weeks later I finally have my book! YEAH!!!!!
So chapter 3, is called a "A Way with Words: A Study of Word Choice".
Before I started reading this chapter, I thought this chapter would about students figuring out what words mean. Once I got into the chapter it made much more sense, and I started to get excited about the chapter. This chapter is all about teaching Students to look closely at the words the author chose to get a deeper understanding of the author's purpose and to help them understand text.
I thought this was an interesting quote, "Our students read words all day long, but often times they (and perhaps we) use them mostly as tools for understanding" page 34. I think this is so true! Especially in the younger grades. I find that I am so focused on teaching them to read and understand the words that they are reading that we don't really stop to think about why the author chose the words that he/she did.
I think its important to teach young students to look at the authors word choice and how it creates a mood or a feel to the story.
I can see how this could be carried through into their own writing. I don't know how many times I've read, "It was fun." I feel that this will help them think about the words that they chose themselves.
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