The Brainwaves Teaching Guide provides you with the background knowledge you'll need to teach your students a wide range of strategies to use when reading and writing nonfiction - as well as concrete lesson plans to help you do it. It contains a guided comprehension lesson and a nonfiction writing lesson for each book in the Brainwaves series.
Each lesson targets a specific focus strategy. These lessons can be given as the need arises - to address questions that arise in the course of students' own reading or writing, to teach particular reading/writing strategies and skills, or for support when teaching a specific text type. The lessons can be adapted to involve one student, a small group, or the whole class.
Each lesson involves the following basic stages, in which you:
- First model the strategy;
- Give students guided practice, then independent practice, in using it; then
- Have students apply the strategy in real reading and writing.
In this way, each lesson is designed to allow gradual release of responsibility from you to the student. Scaffolding can gradually be given up as students become more competent in using a particular strategy.