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Give your readers a purpose for reading and show them how it helps us choose the reading skills we're going to employ. Predict the content of fiction books and generate statements about the text topic of non-fiction books. Then have small groups read assigned selections to determine if their predictions and statements were accurate. Tip: Great for small group rotations.
To help learners better comprehend informational texts, they work through a series of activities. They discuss strategies, make predictions, skim passages, focus on key words, and practice taking notes. This instructional activity focuses on what to do before, during, and after reading. It also includes an information collection chart and handouts.
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. This resource provides vocabulary, assessment options, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.
Stimulate discussion with this brief article and series of questions related to reading habits. This resource, from the New York Times' The Learning Network, asks learners to comment on their own reading habits. You could have your class comment online as well and read the comments of other scholars around the country. This could be used as an introductory activity for a unit on technology or as a way for you to find out more about your learners' reading habits.
Here is a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task. You'll find graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a story plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but these materials would work for any literary text, at home or in the classroom.
A great idea for a fun homework assignment! The class fully and critically analyzes Daniel Sprick's painting, Your Plans. They then generate questions to ask the artist as they attend a mock press conference. They pretend to ask the artist questions about his art, write down the answers, and then use them to write a newspaper article at home.
Dive into journalism with your high schoolers! The resources provided here will help your learners write unbiased, clear, and succinct newspaper articles. First they spend time sifting through stacks of articles, filling out a graphic organizer as they go, and then they get the opportunity to try the writing themselves! Resources are included!
Compare and contrast a major news story from various newspapers. How does the perspective change? Are certain things included in some of the stories and left out of others? Have pupils complete a graphic organizer to compare how different newspapers cover a specific news story, and then have learners write an essay discussing their observations. For your advanced classes, have them discuss the political presence found in certain newspapers.