During October and November our class did a program called TSI for 6 weeks.
T.S.I stands for Transactional Strategies Instruction. We did it three times a week for six weeks. It was to develop our reading strategies such as making predictions and connections and to widen our vocabulary.
In this program we took on the role of the Leader, Strategist or a Questioner.
If you got the role of being the Leader, you had to get the folder with your equipment in it and the books. You also had to decide how much of the book you were going to read that day.
If you got the role of being the Strategist you had to ask the children about their predictions, connections and visualising before, during and after reading.
If you got the role of being the Questioner you had to ask the children in your group if they had any questions about the chapter. These questions could have the answers in the text or we might have to discuss amongst ourselves.
As a whole group we filled in our vocabulary sheets and used coding in the novels to mark our predictions/questions.
Each group was given a different novel to read. The novels we read were called ‘Mr. Stink’ by David Walliams, ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar and ‘Who’s a Big Bully Then?’ By Michael Morpurgo.
We learned lots of new skills in TSI.
Holes: This book is about a boy who goes to juvenile prison and has to dig holes to learn his lesson. The holes were 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide.
Mr Stink: This book is about a girl that meets a tramp called Mr. Stink. She becomes best friends with him and invites him to stay in her shed.
Who’s a big bully then? : This is a book about a boy that is being bullied by Darren. He dares Darren to go into a field and pet the bull but it doesn’t go so well.
Some comments from our class
“TSI was great fun and helped me to read longer words.”
“I thought TSI was great fun and helped me to practice my reading strategies.”
“I learned how to make connections and visualise. It was a great help.”
“I got to read a book I hadn’t read before and it was called Holes by Louis Sacher.”
“The books were all really interesting.”
“I thought it helped working together and talking to each other.”
“We got to learn lots of really interesting things about the past when I read Holes.”
“I thought TSI got more people into reading books and learning different strategies.”
By 5th Class A