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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. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.
Lesson: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
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.
A Reading Guide to Island of the Blue Dolphins
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book. Starting with background information about Scott O'Dell and his writing of the story, this guide moves on to provide a plot summary, character and setting descriptions, key vocabulary, important themes, and chapter related guiding questions. Also included are potential writing topics and extension activities, making this a complete resource for teaching this story. Consider reading this historical fiction novel as the class is learning about Native American cultures to allow for interdisciplinary connections.
Using a Newspaper
Fifth graders study different types of text found in a newspapers. They examine examples of specific items found in a newspaper and read charts and graphs found in newspapers. They read a variety of texts and choose to read newspapers for pleasure during library visits.
What Is a Newspaper?
In this journalism worksheet, students read and analyze an article about newspapers and complete a variety of activities along with answering twenty four comprehension questions.
Get in the Newspaper Habit
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!
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. This resource provides vocabulary, assessment options, extensions, and interdisciplinary connections.
Literary Newspaper: Candide
Prejudice? Religious intolerance? Political sedition? Class distinction? Plight of women? Voltaire satire, anyone? A literary newspaper offers an opportunity for readers of Candide to make text-to-self and text-to-world connections as they analyze themes in the novella and connect them to current events. Complete directions for crafting the paper are included.
When the News is the News
Students share opinions about the factors that influence their newspaper-reading decisions. They study the News Corporation's purchase of Dow Jones & Company by reading and discussing the article "Dow Jones Deal Gives Murdoch a Coveted Prize."
Cruise the News
Students look through a newspaper, read stories, identify spelling words, spend fake money on the ads, and more. In this newspaper lesson plan, students also design a masthead for their newspaper.
Mississippi Trial, 1955: Pre-reading Strategy
Pink and Say, a picture book by Patricia Polacco, and an anticipation guide, set the stage for a reading of Mississippi Trial, 1955, Chris Crowe's novel based on the true story of the murder of Emmett Till. Instructional routines, the anticipation guide, and fishbowl discussion questions are included in the richly-detailed plan.
Create poems without writing! Young poets create poems using words cut from newspapers, read their poems aloud, and compile them in a book. This instructional activity allows the teacher to view each learner's creative process and assess their current command of the English language. Also, for older learners, consider giving them more exact guidelines. For example, you could limit the amount of words they can use, and challenge them to only use written phrases three words or longer.
Activity Plan 5-6: Class Newspaper
Students learn about different parts of a newspaper. In this class newspaper lesson, students create their own class newspaper. After studying different parts of an actual newspaper, students plan and develop their own sections of a newspaper.
Reading Comprehension-Multiple Matching 2
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read an article about 19th century American presidents. They answer ten multiple choice questions about the article. Each question asks students to identify one of four presidents; Van Buren, Harrison, Polk, or Fillmore.
Newspaper Words: Learning the Parts of a Newspaper
Students read and search through newspapers to become familiar with newspaper layouts. For this journalism lesson, students are introduced to the sections of a newspaper. They use dictionaries to define newly introduced newspaper vocabulary terms. Students also complete a newspaper worksheet in which they analyze the contents of a particular day's newspaper.
Using A Newspaper Index
Pupils locate items to read in a newspaper using the index. They participate in a newspaper scavenger hunt using the index and then complete a homework assignment.
It's in the Paper! (Newspaper In Education Unit)
Fourth graders brainstorm a list of the kinds of information found in newspapers, present examples, and state how reading a newspaper is useful to them and people they know.
Newspapers: Facts and Opinions
Middle schoolers read a newspaper, locate examples of factual and opinion-oriented information, and recognize the appropriate uses of each. They create a letter to the editor expressing his opinion about a predetermined issue related to school.
Students examine the bill of rights as it relates to founding documents and their significance today. In this bill of rights lesson plan, students use newspapers as sources to answer critical questions regarding democratic citizenship. Students work with a partner to explore a newspaper and complete worksheets with specific information. Students create a bulletin board collage.
Right on Time?
Students share their reactions to hearing a false rumor. After reading an article, they discover how a variety of newspapers responded to printing incorrect information. They prepare their own questions and contact sources for their own news story. They write the article and submit it before the deadline.