They should also be able to identify questions, statements and exclamations. (Everything from the previous age ranges).
The learning objective at this stage is to get students to be able to identify different stages of plot development. Previously students simply would've been able to identify the beginning? middle?and end? now they should be able to divide this into more detail as introduction? conflict?and resolution? They will also be able to identify the difference between cause and effect, facts and opinions, main ideas and supporting details. Alongside this students will be developing strategies for self-assessment and critical thinking.
Teachers will spend a large portion of time working one on one with the student to develop their reading and writing skills. Asking students (and having them ask in return) how? what?and why?questions will be frequently used to prompt them to explain things in further detail in both their speaking, reading and writing abilities. Cause and effect, facts and opinions, main ideas and supporting details will also be covered through the student's own writing. They will have to develop their own stories where they include contrasting elements of cause and effect etc. This will sometimes require explanation to the teacher is the writing is not clear. This will also be covered in comprehension tasks as students will be required to point out and explain information after reading passages of text.
Students will also begin to look at different forms of basic testing - predominantly multiple choice. The teacher will present them with a series of questions towards the end of each lesson where with approximately 3-5 multiple choice answer possibilities. Some answers will be very clearly wrong whilst others will be a bit harder to differentiate, through this testing students will develop a method of elimination where they cancel out answers slowly providing their own opinions and reasoning before coming to the correct answer. Throughout this whole process students will be asked to explain their train of thought to show how they came to their conclusion.
The Adventure of Captain Underpants?by Dav Pilkey, Diary of a Wimpy Kid?(series) by Jeff Kinney, The Baby-Sitters Club?(series) by Ann M. Martin,The Chronicles of Narnia?(series) by C.S. Lewis. Refer to A List of Books for ESL Students?for more reading material.
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