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Making Meaning/Being a Writer

Making Meaning  
Due Date: 8/25/2020
Making Meaning

The Making Meaning® program is a classroom-tested K–8 reading comprehension curriculum that combines the latest comprehension research with support for students’ social and ethical development.

Third Grade Making Meaning Units


What it is: Good readers form visual and other sensory images during reading to better understand, remember, and enjoy texts.

How it’s used in the program: Students visualize to make sense of figurative language and deepen their understanding of poems and stories.
Making Inferences

What it is: Good readers use prior knowledge and information in a text to create meanings not explicitly stated, moving from the literal to a deeper understanding of texts.
How it’s used in the program: Students make inferences to think more deeply about both narrative and expository texts.

What it is: Good readers ask questions about a text to focus their reading, clarify meaning, and delve deeper into the text.

How it’s used in the program: Students generate questions before, during, and after reading to make sense of text, and they analyze their questions to deepen their understanding of the reading.

Understanding Text Structure

What it is: Good readers use their knowledge of narrative and expository text structure to improve their comprehension.

How it’s used in the program: Students use story elements (e.g., setting, characters, plot) to help them understand stories, and identify and use features (e.g., headings, subheadings) and relationships (cause and effect, compare and contrast) to help them comprehend expository texts.

Determining Important Ideas

What it is: Determining the important ideas in texts helps readers identify information that is essential to know and remember.

How it’s used in the program: Students identify information that is essential to know and remember.

Educate. Inspire. Empower.

Being a Writer  
Due Date: 8/25/2020

Being a Writer

Students of the Being a Writer program learn to love writing, want to be very good at it, and grow through the grades as writers, thinkers, and principled people. The Being a Writer program embraces the writing process and develops intrinsic motivation for the craft of writing through immersion in narrative, informational, and opinion writing genres.

Using authentic children’s literature, the program provides support for creating a Collaborative Classroom environment where teachers facilitate student discussion, provide a model for the respectful exchange of ideas, and help students develop their own voice.

Unit 1 of Being a Writer is called “The Writing Community.” During this unit, the students begin to see themselves as contributing members of a caring writing community. They hear and discuss good writing and begin to learn about the writing practices of professional writers .They practice sharing, speaking clearly, and listening carefully.

In this program, students learn to confer in pairs about their writing. They learn that the purpose of a conference is for partners to help each other improve their writing and that a conference entails both sharing and talking about their writing. They learn to initiate and conduct conferences, and they practice the social and academic skills necessary to discuss particular aspects of the writing, as well as how to ask for, give, and receive helpful feedback .