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ELEMENTS I Teacher Manual

STERK Engels Teacher Manual Elements I

Exercise Overview

Exercise Overview Content AI Assistant Progression Students do not work on all types of grammatical content in each processing level. AI Assistant adapts to students’ performance introducing new content and removing mastered content, ensuring that students move through the content at an appropriate pace, while focusing on the content that is challenging. Motivational Levels After each 20% of progress through the exercise, students “level up” and the screen changes slightly. These motivational levels are not connected to specific processing levels or content, only to percent completion. Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Targeted Practice This exercise uses built-in, responsive technology to detect when a student is struggling and administer targeted, inline instruction—right when the student needs it—without any external resources or assistance required. This helps reduce frustration as it quickly gets students back on track, so they can continue making progress. AI Assistant provides a variety of targeted practice activities when needed. The student can receive 1 or 2 of these interventions at a time, depending on the task and the student’s prior performance. Each intervention takes a few seconds to minutes to complete. The student’s progression in the exercise stops temporarily while working through an intervention, then resumes when the student returns to the regular exercise content. One type of intervention is a picture exploration activity where students are asked to click different parts of a picture, in response to specific questions. Students are provided immediate feedback as to whether their answer is correct or incorrect, followed by additional questions on the concept. Answer the question by clicking part of the picture. Who is taking a photo? Who is posing for the photo? Who is smiling? 8 Elements I Teacher Manual

Exercise Overview Did you know? Reading comprehension is a complex skill that requires students to recognize individual words, access their meanings, and interpret grammatical structures—simultaneously! Readers must also draw on their background knowledge, in order to understand the message that the print conveys. Cognitive skills such as working memory are essential for keeping track of and integrating these various strands of information. Skilled reading demands that students construct a coherent and integrated mental representation of the text based on these many skills. The AI Assistant exercise helps students become skilled readers by developing their understanding of the relationship between words, grammar, and meaning (language structures). It also helps increase the speed at which they identify and understand rapid, successive changes in sound (listening accuracy). Students will see a variety of grammatical structures, but the following are some of the most common: Subject-Verb Agreement: a singular subject takes a singular verb: The child is smiling. A plural subject takes a plural verb: The children are smiling. Passive-Voice - Negative: We use the passive voice when the subject is not important or when we do not know the subject. A sentence in the passive voice focuses on the action. To negate a sentence in passive voice, put “not” after the helping verb: The window was not broken by a rock. subject helping verb negative verb past participle preposition agent of the action Subject and Object Relativization: in sentences with reduced subject relative clauses and noun-verb-noun endings, information related to the sentence topic is put into the middle of the sentence to give the reader more information and make clear distinctions: The girl helping the teacher reduced subject relative clause is smiling. predicate Which girl is smiling? The girl who is helping the teacher. The ending “teacher is smiling” can make this type of sentence especially confusing. Students who don’t recognize the role of the reduced subject relative clause may misinterpret this sentence as “the girl is helping and the teacher is smiling.” Elements I Teacher Manual 9