Reader Ready: Standard by Standard {RL 1.4: Words that Appeal to the Senses and Words that Suggest Feelings}

We are here today to talk about RL 1.4; understanding that good readers think about the words in the story.  This is part of our Reader Ready Blog Series.  See below to catch up with other posts!
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The "Reader Ready" anchor chart we use for this standard is our Word Window.  We explain that when you are reading, paying attention to words provides you with a "window" into what is happening in the story.   This standard focuses on two types of words, words that appeal to our senses and words that suggest feelings.  

{Word Window:  a reader is always thinking about the words in the story...we think about words that appeal to our senses or suggest feelings}

This is an anchor chart we leave hanging once we've taught the two different types of words we use to understand the text better.  We add post it notes with words we find that fit in the two categories.  As with most of our Reader Ready anchor charts, the post it notes are written and added by the students so they can take ownership of it.  This anchor chart can be used for 1 book or multiple books (which is how we use it).  We generally add words after read alouds, but also during Guided Reading as needed.

During Guided Reading, we generally focus on the two types of words separately, mainly so we get enough practice with both types of words.  

We focus on feeling words using this graphic organizer.  Students write how they think a character is feeling and WHY they think that.  They have to list specific words that they used to come to the conclusion of how the character felt. At the bottom of the page, there is space for the students to draw the character and label things they noticed the character saying OR doing (this can be things they notice in the pictures as well).

In the bottom example, the student wrote, "I think the teacher is tired.  I know because the words said puffed and panted." In the picture at the bottom, she drew the picture of the teacher and labeled with with the quote the teacher said ("Wait for me!"), she noted that her hand was on her head, that her eyes were closed, and that she was picturing the kids running ahead.  

We focus on the senses using this graphic organizer.  Students write words that appealed to the senses based on the book or poem they read.  Some of the senses have several examples and some have few (or none).  

For this standard, we use our RL 1.4 Print a Standard pack.  Our Print a Standard packs each include over 10 activities. The activities can be done whole group, small group, or independently.  They are also great for assessments and homework.  With all of our Print a Standard packs, we use formats that are easy to use but engaging to the students.  

The RL.4 Print a Standard packet for second grade covers the additional parts of the standard that aren't covered by the 1st grade standard (alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines, etc).

Some of our favorite read alouds for RL 1.4:

First Day Jitters // Bear Snores On
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon // Fireflies // Llama Misses Mama
Night Owl // The Listening Walk

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