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What is a KWL chart? Here is a well thought-out lesson that has learners use KWL charts to gain historical perspective. Your class examines primary sources about historical events and identifies what they know, want to know, and, finally, what they learned about the chosen topic. Consider having them write a summary paragraph after completing their chart.
Analyze primary source documents relating the conditions under with prompted American immigration. Learners will analyze information in order to create a six-panel pamphlet. Much of the lesson is not available but the key objectives are. Incomplete lesson with some good ideas.
Annie Dillard’s "Living Like Weasels" provides the opportunity for high schoolers to learn how to unpack difficult text. The directions for teachers model how to ask guided questions that require readers to include textual evidence in their responses and to avoid non-text based speculation. Beautifully crafted and richly detailed, the plan includes the annotated text of Dillard’s story, text guided questions, journal and essay prompts, and additional readings.
Individuals complete a pre-assessment to gauge their ability to determine the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction text. They examine a new piece of nonfiction reading by looking at the table of contents, headings, and index before using a table diagram to record the main idea and supporting details. Using the information from the table, they write a paragraph about the reading.
Students investigate point of view and analyze the effect it has on conflict resolution. In this point of view lesson, students read a familiar children's story and discuss the points of view and conflicts in it. Students read alternative endings for the stories and complete a web search for fractured fairy tales. Students create a comparison chart of the stories and illustrate their ideas about points of view in the stories. Students write a reflective paragraph for the lesson.
Explore a variety of reading strategies with your youngsters! Using the March 2010 issue of Ladybug Magazine, class members investigate several reading comprehension strategies based on the articles, stories, and poems of Ladybug Magazine. The readings are interesting and age appropriate, but you will need to find the magazine's 2010 March issue to utilize this plan!
Difficult redistricting concepts are covered in a context that will make it understandable to your government scholars. They begin with a KWL on the term redistricting and then watch a video to answer some questions. They analyze political cartoons using a graphic organizer (included), focusing on satire. Scholars find their own state districting boundaries and reflect on the implications. Finally, they use another handout to create their own political cartoon based on opinions they have formed about gerrymandering. Learners can also write a letter to their state legislature expressing these views. A rubric is included.
Strengthen young readers' literacy skills with sequencing activities, illustrating, and writing evaluations based on expository articles in the September 2010 issue of Ladybug Magazine. A detailed description, including theoretical rationales, accompanies this instructional series. Links to other websites designed to support reading comprehension are also included.
Useful for literary analysis, citing textual evidence, or summary skills, this lesson about the Kumeyaay Indians would be a good addition to your language arts class. Middle schoolers read novels and summarize the literature in their own words. They create discussion questions, identify and share important parts of the literature, and make connections to the outside world using textual evidence.
How has the Internet of Things affected our lives? Scholars examine the massive influence of mobile devices in this analysis lesson, which begins with a seven-minute documentary clip. They also read a New York Times article (linked) which acts as the basis for a pro/con list analyzing Google's privacy policies. After creating a paired perspectives poem, learners read excerpts from Fahrenheit 451 and The Veldt, connecting to current technology expansion. Finally, pupils synthesize what they have learned in an essay evaluating a quote (provided). A rubric is included and informational text are included.