Tip: Daily News
How do I do it?
Daily News is a great way to open a day, transition to a new lesson, or start a new period. It can take from 5-30 minutes depending on your needs. You will be creating community by asking volunteers to share about their lives and modeling correct language usage by writing what they share.
Here are the steps:
1) Ask volunteers to share some news from their lives.
2) Teacher writes news sentence(s) on chart paper, alternating marker colors for each new entry. For example, “My sister won a prize yesterday.” in red and then "I went to the grocery store." in blue. (This can also be done on a SmartBoard, computer with LCD projector, or overhead projector). Stop asking for volunteers and recording when time is up or you’ve filled the page.
3) Using a third marker color or a color you always use for a particular part of speech or part of sentence, ask volunteers to circle/underline to target words or phrases. (e.g. underline the nouns in green) For example, in the sentence “My sister won a prize yesterday.” you could underline "prize" in green because it is a noun.
Variations & Extensions
The accumulated Daily News pages can be bound into a big book with a packing tape binding (or a smaller book of printed pages) after you’ve collected enough pages. A pocket chart with sentence strips is a great way to do Daily News. The sentence strips can be cut into word strips and students can work with them to discover language rules and forms.
Common Core ELA Language Standards 1&2
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative taste, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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