Her Right Foot Interactive Read Aloud | Author's Point and Reasons

I have to admit that author's point might be my least favorite standard to teach.  πŸ˜‚I was so glad when I stumbled across this text, because it made author's point and reasons so clear!  Even for this teacher who hates teaching it.  😳The author's point is the viewpoint or position an author is taking on an issue.  Students have to be able to identify the author's point and describe how reasons support the specific points the author makes in a text.  (RI 2.8) In Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers, the author is making a point on an overlooked part of the Statue of Liberty.  The author gives very clear reasons in this text that support the point he makes on the Statue of Liberty.  This is also a great text to incorporate for teaching U.S. symbols and landmarks.


How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

Author's point is not first introduced in second grade.  It is actually introduced in kindergarten and first grade, but I have found that students still need support with this standard in second grade.  In my lesson plans below, I have gradually released independence throughout the week in their daily questioning during the read aloud and the independent tasks.  We take sections of the book to find the author's point in that part of the book and the identify the reasons that support that specific point.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

I print the anchor chart below as a poster (directions included) and laminate to use throughout the week.  Each day, I use it to record the author's point in that section with a dry erase marker.  

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

Each day, we do a mini-lesson, go over vocabulary with my provided instructional routine, read a portion of the text, and complete a task.  A great way to keep your students engaged during the mini-lesson and read aloud is to stop for lots of partner discussion.  I have students discuss with their partner each question that I ask.  This keeps all engaged and accountable.  It also enhances their speaking and listening skills.  (If you purchase the bundle, you will get my Google Slides TM that guide you through all of my lessons.)

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

Students practice identifying author's point and reasons all throughout the week which lead up to a culminating task and comprehension assessment.  They complete the daily tasks below in their reading journals.
How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

The culminating task requires students to identify the author's point of the whole text and provide three reasons that support the point.  While you are doing your read aloud mini-lesson, be sure to have students discuss their thinking with their partner before going to complete the task independently.  I do provide questions that will offer support with this.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

As always, I include a mentor sentence that goes along with the story.  This is a great way to incorporate your language standards!

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

Since so many are distance learning right now, I have created a digital version using Google Slides TM.  It's included in the November Bundle or you can purchase it separately.  These are just like the PowerPoint lessons I use in my classroom, but you can assign slides to your remote learners to complete the independent tasks each day.  Just create another copy for each day of the week and delete the slides you don't want students to have.  You can display the slides from the original copy during your live or recorded lessons.  It will keep you on track and ensure you cover all components of the lesson.  Here are the components included for each lesson!  There are five days of lessons that include an agenda, learning target, success criteria, learning video and posters, vocabulary cards with tasks, read aloud, daily questions, daily tasks, exit ticket, wrap up, and self assessments for each of the five days!  These are a lifesaver!

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.

How to teach author's point and reasons, including author's point and reasons anchor chart and author's point and reasons graphic organizers.


I have tried to upload these to my store in all the versions to fit everyone's unique needs this year.  I hope these help!  If there is anything I can do to support you, please let me know!  I appreciate you all so much!


















 

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