Proud Moment

So I’m sharing this post because I’m extremely proud of my 5th graders! They have been working hard on summarizing nonfiction articles this year and I just wanted to show off their work. To keep them engaged, we have read articles, listened to podcasts and watched videos about immigration and the history of immigration in the United States. Considering this entire group consists of refugees, immigrants or children of immigrants, they have been fascinated with this unit. I’ve discovered that by integrating something students are interested in with various media and opportunities for reading, writing, listening and speaking has greatly improved my students’ engagement and writing. I also taught them how to use the top portion of their workspace as a graphic organizer to lead up to summarizing a text. This seemed to really help them and their summaries have improved this year. Not only am I proud, but I’ve caught some of my students coming by 5 or more times a day to read their writing, because they feel proud of themselves! Today was a good day. 🙂

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