Language Arts: Patterns Of Practice By Gail Tompkins

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According to our text, “Language Arts: Patterns of Practice” by Gail Tompkins there are five specific ways to teach language arts in the classroom. These five instructional approaches can be used in any type of classroom and are recommended by many scholars in the field. Of course, there are other approaches that can be used in the classroom and be effective but these five approaches are the most common. They also help the teacher with organizing lesson plans and give the students an opportunity to learn in different styles. The most effective way to use these approaches is to use all of them in your lesson plan because every student learns differently. The five different types of instructional approaches for teaching language arts are: Basal readers, literature circles, literature focus groups and thematic units. As a future teacher, these teaching styles will be used in the classroom…show more content…
This approach encompasses all different subjects into one lesson. The student learn how to relate language arts to every other subject in school. This approach gives the students freedom to choice what they want to read, it could be magazines, nonfiction books or poems. Language arts is the main focus but they begin to understand how that subject relates to their everyday life. The teacher is very involved in this approach by writing their own lesson plans and giving the lesson organization but creativity at the same time. Flexibility is one of the biggest benefits to a thematic unit because the teacher is able to switch the lesson around if they see that it is too easy or too difficult for the class. Also, the students still have some choice in their reading so they become interactive with the text. This also allows the student to get more creative by creating venn diagrams, t-charts, and displays. The main form of assessment for this approach is projects, which makes the student more involved in their

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