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Teacher Guide for Book Punch

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  • When you study a book with a class, use Book Punch to support comprehension as the students read and discuss the text.
  • Choose one of the books in the list we provide.
  • Introduce the book in a class discussion and begin reading.
  • Once the students are involved in reading the book, teach them about making Text-to-Self connections. Model how to make a personal text connection by showing the class a paragraph you have written about a text connection you made with this book. Take ideas for text connections from the students.
  • Short and brief responses are recommended while students brainstorm their initial thoughts. Explain that as students work through the program, they will have many opportunities to expand their thoughts to complete sentences.
  • During the next period, have the students go to Book Punch, choose one of the three Text-to-Self topics for the book, and follow the steps that guide them to write a paragraph about it. Have students work in the program at least 20 minutes.
  • Have the students share their paragraphs in a class discussion or with partners.
  • Read over the paragraphs to see what types of errors the students are making. Use that information to help you decide whether you should conduct a mini-lesson on a specific writing issue.
  • During the next period, tell the students to return to Book Punch and work on their Text-to-Self paragraphs again for at least 20 minutes. Have all students work through the steps to complete their first draft. Tell students who have reached this point in the program to follow the step-by-step process of revising their Text-to-Self paragraphs.
  • As your students continue to read the book, teach them about using evidence to make inferences about the story, characters, and themes. Model how to use evidence to make an inference by showing the class a paragraph that you have written about an inference you made. You may wish to hand out the Evidence and Inference Worksheet for students to use in preparation to writing their own Evidence and Inference paragraph.
  • Have the students go to Book Punch, choose one of the Evidence and Inference topics, and follow the steps that guide them to write a paragraph about it. Give students one period of at least 20 minutes to write their paragraphs.
  • Encourage students to use the Post Published Edits feature in their Online Portfolio to refine their finished paragraphs
  • Have students share their paragraphs in a class discussion or with partners.
  • During the next period, tell the students to return to Book Punch and work on their writing again for at least 20 minutes. Have all students work through the steps to complete their first draft. Tell students who have reached this point in the program to follow the step-by-step process of revising their Evidence and Inference paragraphs.
  • Once the students have completed the book, have them write a paragraph on another of the Text-to-Self or Evidence and Inference topics in two sessions of at least 20 minutes each.
  • Ask students to use the Online Portfolio’s Post Published Edits feature to make changes, if needed, to their finished paragraphs
  • Have students share their paragraphs in a class discussion.

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