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“I Can” Common Core! 1st Grade Reading
I can read and understand fiction and nonfiction texts! Here is a great checklist that highlights 19 first grade Common Core reading standards. The resource is three pages long. Pages one and two focus on comprehension for fiction and informational texts and page three focuses on phonemic awareness standards.
1st Language Arts 47 Views 53 Downloads CCSS: Designed
6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read
The second lesson plan of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and discussing literary elements such as imagery, tone, and personification.
6th Language Arts 67 Views 59 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm - "The Fisherman and his Wife"
Help young readers learn to read and interpret complex text independently. Teach young children to ask interpretive questions and use the text itself to answer them. Use art, word play and drama to provide a deeper understanding of stories.
3rd Language Arts 99 Views 336 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and annotate the rest of the passage.
6th - 10th Language Arts 272 Views 575 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Explaining the Themes of Eagle Song: (Chapter 8, "Peace")
Your class reaches the end of the novel Eagle Song as young readers focus on determining the theme of this story. Similar to previous lessons in the unit, the teacher begins with a read aloud of the first few pages of chapter 8, before asking students to finish the chapter independently.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 82 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Rereading Portions of the Iroquois Constitution and Eagle Song: "Somebody In Wanted But So"
A new close reading approach is introduced as learners continue with the novel Eagle Song in the twelfth lesson plan of this unit. This reading comprehension strategy focuses on identifying the character, setting, motivation, problem, and resolution in a text.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 59 Views 28 Downloads CCSS: Designed
On-Demand Assessment: Writing of an Information Paragraph About How a Bullfrog Survives
Having read and discussed Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, third graders demonstrate their bullfrog expertise by writing informational paragraphs. Building on the note-taking and paragraph planning from the previous lesson plan, learners create writing with a topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding sentence while focusing on carefully choosing words for effect.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 141 Views 94 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Arthur's Perfect Pet
Choosing the perfect pet is a difficult decision to make. After a class read-aloud of the book Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown, children participate in correspondence with Arthur, writing letters back and forth as they help him choose the best pet for his family.
K - 2nd Math 87 Views 66 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Purposes of Reading Fiction and Nonfiction
How does the purpose of a fiction book differ from the purpose on a non-fiction text? Model for your young readers a scenario in which each kind of book might be useful or fun to read and show examples of each genre. A list of suggested fiction and non-fiction books on the same topic is included as is an independent practice worsksheet.
1st Language Arts 45 Views 95 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 38 Views 65 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Close Read: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies
Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues to understand challenging vocabulary.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 195 Views 152 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 81 Views 592 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading Comprehension: Myth About Fire
No matter what you read, you can always practice locating the main idea and key details to increase reading comprehension. Third graders read about an Aboriginal myth, they then complete three short-answer questions using key details found in the provided reading passage.
3rd Language Arts 91 Views 312 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading Practice: Winnie-the-Pooh
Whether your first graders can read or not, they will enjoy this comprehension activity. They read or listen to an excerpt from a Winnie-the-Pooh story, they predict what will happen next, then draw Pooh Bear's favorite food. A compare and contrast discussion question is also included.
1st Language Arts 32 Views 127 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Close Reading in the Classroom
Close reading is key to the analysis and interpretation of literature. A close reading of the title and the epigraph of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” offers readers an opportunity to examine how even single words or names can contribute to the development of a motif or theme.
11th - 12th Language Arts 94 Views 118 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading Closely: Sections 4 and 7 of the Great Law of Peace (Iroquois Constitution)
Read and reread. That is the message when approaching a difficult text. As part of their examination of The Great Law of Peace, class members reread the introduction and section one of the document, answer questions, citing specifics from the text, and move on to another section.
4th Language Arts 16 Views 18 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Practicing Reading Closely: Section 1 of the Great Law of Peace (Iroquois Constitution)
The third activity in a unit study of the Iroquois focuses on developing reading skills. Pupils brainstorm the actions of close readers and record these behaviors on an anchor chart entitled, “Close Readers Do These Things.” Guided by the list, the class begins a close reading of Section 1 of the Great Law of Peace (The Iroquois Constitution).
4th Language Arts 29 Views 58 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Identifying Information in Nonfiction
Second graders investigate information in non-fiction texts. They review the features of a non-fiction text and read the book Nature's Food Chains: What Polar Animals Eat. Pupils discuss the text features and write down one fact they learned from a photo or diagram in the book.
2nd Language Arts 16 Views 57 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Washington’s Farewell Speech
Practice reading fluency with a Reader's Theater performance based on Washington's Farewell Address. The teacher begins by reading a few paragraphs from the address and talking about mood and expression with the class. Groups of five then practice and perform the script included here, paying attention to tone of voice and expressive emphasis.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 8 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 33 Views 84 Downloads CCSS: Designed