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When the two educators sat down to meet about Alaina's needs, Mary was concerned.

"It's only October. If she seems distracted now, I can't imagine what it'll be like in April! I'll have to check with her parents and the nurse to see if she is taking her medication. In the meantime, we need a plan to help her function in your class," said Mary.

"We're doing a unit on short stories," Janel explained. "Do you have any ideas that can be used with fiction?"

"An anticipation guide might be helpful. All you do is look at the story and come up with 5 or so questions with which the kids can decide if they agree or disagree. It's a great springboard for discussion as well. It gets the kids engaged right away."

"Great! That's useful for all of my students."

Mary continued, "For during reading, we need to encourage Alaina to predict and confirm. I could make you a simple prediction and confirmation chart. It could be used with any story. I'll also give you information on teaching multi-section summarization strategies. You could divide the story into sections and have them predict, confirm, and summarize after each section. By keeping Alaina engaged, there's less chance for her mind to wander."

 
Click here to view a sample prediction and confirmation chart.
Click here to view the steps used in teaching multi-section summarization strategies.

"Sounds like a plan. Could you check on the medication issue and get back to me? Meanwhile, I'll see about using these new strategies. Thanks!" exclaimed Janel.

"I'm happy to help. See you tomorrow!"

Reflections:

  1. Who should be included on Alaina's special education team? Why?
  2. Create a lesson in your content area that could incorporate the prediction and confirmation chart.

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