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English Language Arts
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Upper Primary, Adult Education
Grade 4, Grade 5
Material Type:
Interactive, Lesson Plan, Reading
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This module is intended for students who are working to acquire their GED. The reading level is Level C which is 4-5th grade with a high interest reading for students who enjoy cars. This is intended for a class lesson or one on one instruction. There are interactive, independent, reading, writing and speaking components.


Martin Tuttle
on Apr 29, 08:40am Evaluation

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2: Limited (1)

In your resource the students are practicing identifying main ideas and supporting details, and they see the teacher do it with the first paragraph, and practice it in the second paragraph, but are they really producing their own writing, coming up with their own ideas?

Martin Tuttle
on Apr 29, 08:40am Evaluation

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter: Limited (1)

The presentation section is fairly vague. What sentences and keywords will the teacher select in the first paragraph? What about the second paragraph? What are the target sentences the students should identify?

Martin Tuttle
on Apr 29, 08:40am Evaluation

Quality of Assessments: Strong (2)

I wonder if the teacher will have time to assess whether each student in this presentation style assessment.

Martin Tuttle
on Apr 29, 08:40am Evaluation

Quality of Technological Interactivity: Not Applicable (N/A)

You mention the iPad app and smartboards, but I don't see any interactive component in this resource.

Martin Tuttle
on Apr 29, 08:40am Evaluation

Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching: Strong (2)

Great sample paragraphs to use, but I couldn't find the graphic organizer or the pictures and cut up sentences mentioned in the warm-up. In the application page you state bring in car manuals. Maybe not an easy task, but there are many car manuals for free online. Perhaps provide a link to one of those resources. It would be helpful if everything you mentioned in the resource was available in one location.

Martin Tuttle
on Apr 29, 08:40am Evaluation

Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises: Strong (2)

I am afraid that it might be a big jump from your simplified paragraphs to technical car journals. Since the second sample paragraph is process oriented. Maybe you could ask the students to describe the process of doing something or making something that they are familiar with. This might get at your writing standard a bit more.

Martin Tuttle
on Apr 29, 08:40am Evaluation

Opportunities for Deeper Learning: Superior (3)

I think their are a lot of opportunities for group discussion, communication, and presentation.