Focusing on language with the Common Core

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza walks her students through an in-depth discussion of the rich language used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Teacher: Clara Gonzales-Espinoza
Grade: 5
School Name: Emerson Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Focusing on language with the Common Core

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza helps her students expand their understanding of the way language is used in a ...

Standards

Speaking and Listening Standards (K-5)

  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (SL 4.1)
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (SL 5.1)

Language Standards (K-5)

  • Learn how to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases using a range of strategies. (L 4.4)
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (L 4.5)
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies. (L 5.4)
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (L 5.5)

Discussion Questions

  • What differences do you see in the standards from one grade to the next?
  • How would you modify this Grade 4 lesson if you wanted to use it with Grade 5 students?

Lesson Summary

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza walks her students through an in-depth discussion of the rich language used in a picture-book version of Cinderella. Paying particular attention to idioms and context clues, she encourages her students to use engage with the text in order to determine meaning and test their own comprehension.

Things to watch for:

  • Clearly stated lesson objectives
  • Targeted mini lesson on the use of idioms
  • Review of specific details such as character, plot, and dialogue from the story
  • Specific words and phrases that are highlighted in the read-aloud
  • Students' checking their own understanding of vocabulary and idioms
  • Extended interaction between the students and teacher
  • Higher level thinking in the class discussion
  • Use of interactive technology in the reading lesson

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