Sharp Reading is a teaching and learning framework that provides direction for students and equips them to be SHARP (efficient, cutting edge) in their understanding of reading. Sharp Reading allows students to THINK while reading in order to unpack and understand text. This has been our daily morning routine since Term 1 with our Year 3 students.
Narrative writing allows students to discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of a narrative. Students also drew connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others through narrative writing.
The students used comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and began to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features.
The students learned a range of grammar concepts like: verbs represent different processes; for example doing, thinking, saying, and relating and that these processes are anchored in time through tenses.
Year 3 students have been focusing on ‘Spelling Mastery’ from Term 2. It is six-level Direct Instruction series that teaches students dependable spelling skills by blending three approaches: the phonemic approach, the whole approach and the morphemic approach.