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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 instructional activity provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.    
There are many activities and lesson ideas that teachers can use to reinforce reading fluency skills. This article brings a variety of strategies to light, including how to incorporate fluency instruction within novel units and independent book projects. Four additional lesson plans are also included.
Students use reading strategies to self assess their reading comprehension.  In this reading assessment lesson, students recognize the strategies that help them assess how much they understand of what they read. Students pair share to explain the purpose of their reading.
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. To begin the examination, individuals respond to several questions that ask them to consider Prufrock’s name. After sharing their responses, groups use the provided questions and focus on the poem’s epigraph. The resource contains everything you need to promote close reading and deserves a place in your curriculum library.
Reading with expression is an important component in developing fluency. Emerging readers learn different strategies for accomplishing this skill through the teacher's model reading of Earrings!. Partner practice is combined with effective modeling for the book The Father Who Walked on His Hands. A checklist serves as an assessment tool at the end of the lesson to guide re-teaching.
In this reading comprehension activity, students read a passage and answer five multiple choice questions based on inferencing.
In this reading comprehension assessment worksheet, students read a passage entitled "From Tadpoles to Frogs" and answer 5 multiple choice questions about the text.
In a two-part lesson, fourth graders are first assessed on their ability to produce an explanatory paragraph and then participate in a gallery walk, presenting their final constitution paragraphs to their peers. To start, learners write a paragraph explaining how their class constitution solves one of several issues described in a bar graph about bullying. Next, a gallery walk is held in which the class reads and posts comments on each others' writing. As a conclusion to the unit, the lesson nicely summarizes and celebrates the development students have made as young writers.   
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, learners create writing with a topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding sentence while focusing on carefully choosing words for effect. Following completion of the assessment, children read their writing aloud in small groups before working collaboratively to create and act out short skits about bullfrogs. Though designed as a writing assessment, the resource also addresses students' comprehension of an informational text.
Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy (Act III, scene i) gets the close reading treatment in a group of skill building exercises. As an engagement activity, class members assume the role of a WWE wrestler, a kindergarten teacher, ninja assassin, etc., and in character, deliver a line from the soliloquy. Groups then reread the speech, highlighting the punctuation, unfamiliar words, and figurative language. The class reconvenes to discuss how the language indicates Hamlet's emotions. A great addition to your curriculum library.
Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading of King Henry's soliloquy from Act III, scene i of King Henry IV, Part II.  Groups examine how Shakespeare's syntax and diction choices develop the tone and meaning of King Henry's soliloquy. The carefully crafted resource packet, a must for your curriculum library, includes explicit instructions, links to all necessary materials, and assessments.
Students practice their fluency skills. In this fluency lesson, students read aloud stories to their peers and they help to coach one another on their fluency, pronunciation, phrasing, and inflection. They discuss what makes a good reader enjoyable to listen to and easy to understand. 
Explore the text, Cold and Hot, with comprehension strategies for young readers. First, give them a purpose for reading: find out what the boy wore outside in the snow! Then have them use one-to-one matching and picture clues to successfully read the story a first time through. The second time through, learners read to a partner. Cross-curricular activities are included.
Fifth graders explore music appreciation by identifying music rhythms and notes. For this music reading lesson, 5th graders discover the different musical scales and practice memorizing them in class. Students research music information on the web and utilize their recorder instruments to play Jingle Bells.
Need a quick but comprehensive reading strategies exercise? Even your most reluctant readers will be engaged by the story of a nuclear reactor explosion at a top-secret Idaho base. After reading the short passage, learners answer nine multiple choice questions. The answer sheet includes detailed explanations of the strategies used to determine the correct response, which models how to approach reading assessments. Use the worksheet as in-class practice or for homework.
Explore the folklore of Asia and the South Pacific with this language arts lesson plan series. Complementing a reading of Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia by Jan M. Mike, this resource supports learners with understanding cause and effect relationships and identifying the moral or theme in each of the book's four stories. Include this set of lessons in a unit on folktales, providing students exposure to stories from a variety of different cultures around the world.
Whether or not Zora Neale Hurston's classic novel is a part of your course, this packet deserves a place in your curriculum library. Designed as a close reading exercise, the series of activities begins with the instructor modeling, with a chunk of text, how to highlight imagery and figurative language, and how to use in-text citations to answer guiding questions. For guided practice, groups repeat the process with a second chunk of text. Individuals then tackle another passage for independent practice. Everything you need, text passages, worksheets, and answer keys are included in the richly detailed packet.
Fill your classroom with the delicious aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie using this fun language arts lesson. Beginning with a class reading of the book Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, learners practice identifying rhyming words, making predictions, and answering questions to demonstrate their comprehension of the story. For the the grand finale, the class works together to make pumpkin pie, carefully following the provided recipe to measure out the ingredients they need. If an oven is not available, bake the pies at home and bring them in the following day to share with the class. This engaging lesson would make an excellent addition to the Halloween celebrations in primary grade classes.
Look back at the third chapter of The Cay with your class. Pupils will conduct a close reading, taking a second look at a chunk of text and responding to a series of text-dependent questions. Wrap up with an analytical writing prompt about Phillip's relationship with his parents.
Children learn about bullying in schools while being tested on their ability to read closely and identify the main idea and supporting details of a text. Following the assessment, students participate in a chalk walk, during which they silently and anonymously address the question "How do you stop a bully from being a bully?" by writing their ideas on pieces of chart paper posted around the room. This activity provides youngsters a safe outlet for sharing their thoughts on bullying, as the class continues creating a list of rules to strengthen the school community.

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