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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
End of Unit 1 Assessment: Close Reading and Powerful Note-Taking on My Own
As the final instructional activity in a larger beginning-of-the-year unit to establish routines and teach close reading skills, this plan is designed as an assessment piece. Using the story, The Librarian of Basra, learners independently complete three activities previously practiced: finding the gist and identifying unknown vocabulary, reading again for important details, and powerful notetaking for answering text-dependent questions.
3rd Language Arts 27 Views 53 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
Ready . . . Set . . . Read! Teaching Reading Fluency
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.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
End of Unit 1 Assessment: Inferring and Synthesizing (From Two Texts) About Life in Colonial America
Close your colonial America unit with a performance-based assessment. Class members will show their proficiency in several skills including using details to back up inferences, determining the meaning of words in context, and synthesizing information from two texts on the same topic.
4th Language Arts 63 Views 91 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
Characters Changing Over Time (Chapter 10: "Las Papas/Potatos")
Engage further in Esperanza Rising with a focus on close reading and metaphor. Class members zero in on the tenth chapter, examining characters and big ideas. Pupils discuss the text in small groups and as a whole class, and participate in a give-one-get-one activity, using their sticky notes to mark pieces of evidence that they want to share.
5th - 7th Language Arts 32 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Understanding Themes in Esperanza Rising
Determining a theme or central idea is greatly emphasized in the Common Core standards. Target that skill though big metaphors and central symbols in Pam Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising. Help your class reach the standard through discussion, close reading, text-based questions, a kinesthetic opinion survey, and a brief writing assignment.
5th - 7th Language Arts 92 Views 159 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Because of Winn-Dixie
Readers analyze an excerpt from Kate DiCamillo's novel Because of Winn-Dixie. They read silently, and then hear it read aloud. Definitions for underlined vocabulary words are in the margin, and other potentially difficult words are in bold.
3rd Language Arts 111 Views 594 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Inferring Theme (Chapter 7, "A Falling Eagle")
As your class nears the end of the book Eagle Song, young readers stop to self-assess their progress toward the learning goals of this unit before continuing on with the story. This short, but effective self-assessment requires learners to describe in writing what they have done in order to meet each of the four learning targets.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 42 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Inferring About Characters Based on How They Respond to Challenges (Chapter 3: "Las Papayas/Papayas")
Start off your day with a quick reading comprehension quiz about chapter three of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. After they complete the quiz, pupils participate in a discussion and look closely at the text. A strong Common Core designed lesson, the activities described here focus on discussing the text in groups, making inferences, responding to text-dependent questions, and using evidence.
5th - 7th Language Arts 129 Views 208 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Building Background Knowledge: Learning About the Historical and Geographical Setting of Esperanza Rising (Chapter 1: “Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1924”)
Set up your class to read Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, through a class read-aloud and exploration of the setting. The detailed lesson outlines each step. First, class members read over the first few pages and focus on the setting, brainstorming ideas and talking with classmates to visualize the scene.
5th Language Arts 47 Views 106 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Getting to Know Esperanza (Chapter 2: “Las Uvas/Grapes”)
Delve into Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan with close reading and evidence-based, text-dependent questions. Part of a unit series, this well-sequenced, Common Core designed instructional activity draws on material from the previous day and from homework so that pupils begin the day with prior knowledge, and then move into more complex response work.
5th - 7th Language Arts 76 Views 125 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The President's Message: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Decipher Franklin D. Roosevelt's message to congress concerning a declaration of war through a close reading and a series of text-dependent questions. The message is included and has academic vocabulary defined on the page. Specific directions are given, and it is very clear how many times to read the text and when to ask the provided questions.
5th - 8th Language Arts 77 Views 224 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading instructional activity 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 504 Views 416 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Solving Word Problems Involving Time
Time-tellers decipher word problems and learn how to work through elapsed time. They are given different scenarios for which they must figure out how much time has passed. This lesson also includes an assessment. Note that one of the teaching examples involves going to church and that in several instances, a proper noun is not capitalized as it should be.
3rd - 5th Math 19 Views 164 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
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 34 Views 379 Downloads