Every Step Up to the TEKS Reading Practice Book is written specifically for the new Reading TEKS. The books are not simply aligned to the TEKS. Rather, they have been developed for the sole purpose of teaching the TEKS.
Our books are developed based on the latest findings in educational research and include activities, guided practice, and partner practice, along with formative assessments for feedback throughout the learning cycle. The books use short passages to focus on individual concepts and include full-length passages to facilitate instruction for the newly-adopted ELAR TEKS. All of the Reading TEKS are addressed in our Reading Practice Books.
In this teacher edition, each activity and question is keyed to a TEKS. Analysis of questions is provided to teach students to gather information and draw conclusions based on evidence.
Lesson Cycle Format
The reading books contain the following sections:
- (WU) Warm-Up
- (TL) TEKS Lesson
- (GP) Guided Practice
- (PP) Partner Practice
- (FA) Formative Assessment (Independent Practice)
- (FL) Full-Length Passage
The lessons provided follow the same format. As you teach each lesson, the basic format is provided below.
This will be a TEKS that has already been taught in a previous grade or one that would probably not be a part of the STAAR test. An activity may be included with the Warm-Up.
This may be an anchor chart or a page within the lesson that needs to be projected using a document camera, or an anchor chart can be created to hang in the classroom. Go over the “Why do I need to know this?” for each lesson after going over any anchor chart.
Complete the Guided Practice as a class — discuss with students how the boxes are the same as making “annotations” or “notetaking.”
The Guided Practice is the direct teach for each lesson. Teachers will work with students in order to ensure that they understand the TEKS before they work with a partner and on the independent work. Lessons are designed to guide students to understand annotations and notetaking while reading.
Pair students to complete the Partner Practice — review responses when complete.
Teachers will explain to students what to do on each Partner Practice and provide materials if needed. Students will work with their partner to complete the practice, and then teachers will review the answers once it has been completed. Any issues students are still having should be addressed at this time in order for students to be successful on the Independent Practice.
Instruct students to complete the Formative Assessment on their own — review responses when complete.
Teachers will give students time to complete the Independent Practice and then review the answers with students.
Individual lessons will provide any specifics for how it is to be completed, as well as any materials that may be needed for the students.
Many of the selections in the Reading Practice Book contain a photograph or an illustration. Not all of these photographs or illustrations have a question related to them. Teachers can ask their own questions concerning the feature to provide students with additional practice using and analyzing print and graphic features.
TEKS in the Assignment Boxes of the TE
Each Guided Practice and Partner Practice in the TEKS lesson contains a “sticky” note box and a question box. If the questions in those boxes are for TEKS other than the lesson TEKS, the TEKS will be listed in the box. If the box does not have a TEKS listed, the questions in the box are for the targeted lesson TEKS.