- The goal for this language concepts is mastery.
- Many of these lessons can be taught within the context of other English/Language Arts lessons.
- Many lessons review previous grade level standards. Review is built in.
- Students practice language skills in real-life writing and speaking situations.
Many lessons conclude with a journal activity, which requires them to apply what they’ve learned in a real writing situation.
Direct Interactive Instruction (DII)
Many of teaching's best practices have been bundled together and given the label of DII. These strategies involve keeping all students actively involved in lessons at all times. Many of the worksheets have incorporated DII within the lessons.
Example: Students are asked to explain why they chose commas instead of parentheses to add a non-restrictive clause to the sentence below:
If we go to the movie, which lasts for two hours, we should be home by 9:30.
Using sentence frames, the students would respond to a table partner:
"I used commas for my non-restrictive element by adding the phrase ‘which lasts for two hours’. I chose commas because I added bonus information, and it was a mild interruption."
The Teacher Checklist allows the teacher to check off each standard after it has been taught. This is especially helpful if you do not teach the chapters in order or if you are using this book as a supplement. By doing this you are sure to cover every standard required for your grade level. You can also write down how many students mastered (or did not master) each skill.
Student / Parent Checklists
After each assessment you can check “Mastery” or “Non-Mastery” of each standard for each student. This will give you an idea of which standards need greater attention throughout the year.
This checklist is also a way to help parents see which standards their children need to study. The parents can use the checklist to find supplemental worksheets or provide it to a tutor. Also, you can make copies of the checklist for next year’s teacher which will give the teacher an idea of the skill level of the new students.