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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 1st

posted Oct 1, 2017, 6:04 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 6:04 PM ]

How to Teach Cause and Effect

Teaching students how to locate cause and effect in the text can help them learn how to analyze relationships between people, events, and ideas. To begin, introduce cause and effect to students using very simple stories. Familiar tales such as The Three Little Pigs can provide a great starting point. Once students read at level N or higher, you can begin to ask them to think of their own What caused questions. 
Check out this video that shows a lesson from the new Literacy Footprints Third Grade guided reading system, which will be available in fall 2017. Here you’ll see Jan Richardson working with a group of third graders in North Carolina using Trains, a level N book. This was the first time these students worked with cause and effect in their guided reading lesson. 

Written by: Michele Dufresne, author Pioneer Valley Educational Press