Dr. Marzano did some really incredible work in identifying what elements are the most successful or effective in helping students learn. I refer to these elements constantly when I create lesson plans and when I develop resources. My reading response journals all utilize at least 6 separate Marzano elements.
In this post, I will focus on my American Revolution Reading Response Journals. This resource includes 3 quick activities that center on creating and testing a hypothesis before reading a short passage. After your students read the short passage, they complete a series of tasks that call for them to summarize the reading, create a comic or other visual representation of the content, identify similarities and differences, and, finally, revisit their initial hypothesis and either confirm it or reject it based on what they read.
The topics included are: The First Continental Congress, The Continental Army and Alliances. If this sounds like something that would help your students, click the link below to check out this great resource (which is also available as part of a bundle) and don't forget to take a look at and follow the rest of my store for other great American History resources!
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