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Short But Sweet
After analyzing and evaluating news summaries found in the New York Times "Week in Review" section, middle schoolers study the steps for summarizing a news article briefly and accurately. They write two news summaries: one on a newspaper article, and one on another type of informational text.
6th - 12th Language Arts 119 Views 687 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions, Main Ideas, and Key Vocabulary about the Bullfro
As your 3rd grade class finishes reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the eighth activity of this unit helps readers from an understanding of the very specific information on the final page of the book. As with the entire unit, students answer questions by citing evidence from the text as they learn more facts about bullfrogs.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 200 Views 162 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Mid-Unit Assessment: Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Bullfrog Life Cycle
The sixth lesson in this Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle unit assesses your third graders' ability to read and understand informational text. The included assessment asks students to take notes about the main idea and supporting details of the text, while also focusing on information they can find in the illustrations.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 159 Views 109 Downloads CCSS: Designed
By reading the article "In New York, It's Open Bag or Find Exits" from the New York Times, young readers can work on evaluating claims in a piece of informational text. They analyze current search procedures implemented to fight terrorism and examine constitutional rights to privacy.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 37 Views 260 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Positive Spin
Study word choice and connotation in advertising. Readers examine campaign ads, both negative and positive, from the 2006 mid-term election. They read and discuss an article and analyze a campaign of any candidate they choose. Finally, they develop storyboards for positive campaigns.
6th - 12th Language Arts 28 Views 268 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
How can word choice affect a political speech? Middle and high schoolers examine the text of the 1999 State of the Union Address, and then determine how newspaper articles and television reports describe and analyze the event. Use this lesson to examine conflicting evidence and viewpoints in informational text, or to focus on evaluating a speaker's argument.
6th - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 277 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases
As 3rd graders continue reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, they focus on the concepts of predator and prey in the fifth lesson of this unit. Scholars further develop their ability to answer questions using evidence from the text as they look at the relationship between the bullfrog and other animals in its habitat.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 144 Views 116 Downloads CCSS: Designed
End of Unit 2 Assessment: Working with Two Texts - Reading, Listening, Summarizing, and Synthesizing
As a summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 329 Views 232 Downloads CCSS: Designed
“I Can” Common Core! 5th Grade Reading
This checklist combines all of the reading standards for the fifth grade, including reading literature, reading informational text, and reading foundational skills. Each standard is paraphrased and written in language that is more accessible to fifth graders.
5th Language Arts 23 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Lesson 3: Labeled Diagrams
Examine the book Stargazers by Gail Gibbons. Young readers will practice reading and interpreting information from diagrams in this informational text. They work together as a class on this skill and then move into independent practice.
K - 3rd Language Arts 32 Views 86 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading Comprehension: Thunder and Lightning
Thunder and lightning are so exciting! Your class gets to read all about it. This informational reading passage provides them with a scientific explanation of thunder and lightning. They read the passage, answer comprehension questions, and think of synonyms to replace four descriptive words from the text.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 87 Views 597 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Who Could Have Been Who
Can word choice affect a candidate's likeability? Use this New York Times lesson to explore how a presidential candidate's likeability factor can fluctuate in public opinion polls. Young readers choose a presidential election from their lifetime and research the various Democratic or Republican candidates' backgrounds using informational texts.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 26 Views 338 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied by vocabulary, short-answer questions, and other close reading tasks.
6th - 8th Language Arts 512 Views 425 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Continued Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions and Vivid Words and Phrases
In the third instructional activity from this unit based on the book Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, learners focus on using specific details from the text-to-answer questions about the habitat of bullfrogs. While reading the text, young scholars are asked to identify vivid language used by the author and explain why they think those words and phrases were chosen.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 144 Views 115 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Unfortunately, not all books are intended as entertainment, many are written to educate and inform readers. In the second lesson plan of this series, the teacher reads aloud the children's book Apples by Gail Gibbons, pointing out the characteristics of the writing that indicate the text is informational.
1st - 3rd Language Arts 19 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Identifying an Author’s Purpose
Throughout any piece of writing, words and phrases are used that provide the reader hints about the author's purpose. Teach young readers how to pick up on these clues as they learn to identify writing that entertains, informs, and persuades.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 77 Views 52 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Distinguishing the Author’s Purpose
A big step in the development of children's reading comprehension skills is the ability to differentiate between the topic of a piece of writing and its purpose. The third lesson in this series presents learners with collections of short passages on a single subject, teaching them to make this distinction through a series of whole group and independent practice activities.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 46 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Textual Analysis Lesson: Segregation: Past or Present?
Are your scholars reading Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee? If so, use this textual analysis packet and lesson guide to drive deeper thinking about the characters, create personal connections, and apply historical contexts to the text. Learners explore segregation, reading an informational text for more understanding.
4th - 6th Language Arts 35 Views 88 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Active Reading with American History
Explore connections within and between informational texts with this lesson about encyclopedia articles. Middle schoolers write encyclopedia articles focusing on topics in American history. They discuss how to determine credibility online, practice fact checking, assess their own ability to read actively and skeptically, and write memos that educate others on how to do so.
5th - 12th Language Arts 35 Views 380 Downloads
Close Reading of Waiting for the Biblioburro: Finding the Main Message and Taking Notes
Expose your class to Waiting for the Biblioburro, narrative nonfiction that will act as the bridge between ficiton and informational texts to come. Class members do a close reading of the text, looking at excerpts instead of the whole text to make it more manageable.
3rd Language Arts 39 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Designed