Amplify: We will be using a web based curriculum called Amplify. Students will use Chromebooks in the classroom to complete their work. Here are some of the benefits of this program:
- Reading Activities during lessons and homework include close reading of rich, rigorous, and engaging texts that meet the higher standards of Common Core. Students work with a range of texts—classic literary, dramatic, and informational. Students interact with the text by reading, rereading, highlighting text, adding notes to text, and paraphrasing—all on the digital platform! The Amplify Library contains more than 600 books including classics and contemporary popular fiction and non-fiction that students explore independently.
- Writing Students write 3–4 times per week about the texts they are reading and practice their writing skills, while I support and encourage their writing within-the-moment feedback. At the end of each unit, students write a multi-paragraph essay and showcase the writing skills they have learned. Certain units focus on teaching student research skills. Students start with archives of curated texts, fiction and non-fiction, to make sure their research is rewarding and focused. Topics include: character and conflict, liberty and equality, brain science, and the gold rush.
- Vocabulary & Grammar Students learn and practice challenging new words through the use of a game-like vocabulary app. Over the course of the year, students learn 500 new words. Vocabulary words are tailored to students’ reading level. The app automatically adjusts the level of instruction based on a student’s right or wrong answers. Grammar instruction is also differentiated based on whole class or individual needs and integrated into the writing instruction.
- Differentiation Amplify ELA was built to meet the needs of all students, whether they are struggling or advanced learners. Vocabulary, grammar, and writing activities provide the support or the challenge that each student needs to continue to move forward at his or her own unique level and pace. I can find out immediately which students are experiencing success and which ones need more support. This information allows me to adapt instruction, personalize feedback, and give students the support or challenges that they need.