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Help primary school pupils learn valuable reading strategies. As they choral read a poster or big book, they predict covered words and learn various reading strategies for figuring out an unknown word. This will help them gain an understanding of the alphabetic principle of associating sounds with letters in order to decode tricky words. Strategies taught include: using context, rereading, using pictures, and chunking. This could benefit your English language learners, too!
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same. . .” After concluding Fever 1793 class members engage in a reading strategy that asks them to connect their thoughts about the self-reliance theme in Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel with Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If.” Step-by-step directions for the fishbowl discussion and discussion questions are included.
The historical background for Fever 1793 is the focus of a pre-reading strategy that has class groups rotate through a series of stations stocked with photographs, articles, and other texts that describe the Yellow Fever outbreak of 1793. The richly detailed plan includes resource lists and assessment suggestions.
Do you like music? Have your youngsters read We Play Music, practicing select reading strategies, like using picture clues to determine new words. Then, after their first independent read, have them re-read the story to a partner, building their reading fluency. Several cross-curricular activities are included!
Identify the main idea and the supporting details of a story in a literacy resource from Discovery Education. Complete with procedures, vocabulary, and assessment activities, this is a great way for pupils to practice their outlining skills. A DVD is available from the main site to guide you through each step.
Middle schoolers study the text structure of a biography with this worksheet. They practice comprehension strategies through reading breaks and discussion, and apply comprehension in group work. Use this lesson to compare and contrast the text structure of a biography and another written work.
Fifth graders review vocabulary words that they have previously learned and practice reading strategies that build their comprehension. In this reading strategies lesson plan, 5th graders read material regarding the Summer Olympics and complete a Venn Diagram where they compare and contrast related information. Students then build background knowledge by answering specific questions and by making predictions.
Students practice post-reading strategies. In this reading comprehension activity, students review pre-reading strategies, then read a handout entitled "Thirteen Reasons Our Ancestors Migrated." Students complete a post-reading worksheet in which they practice "question to clarify" strategies.
Music and culture are intimately linked. Ask your learners to find connections between jazz and the culture of the 1920s though a jigsaw activity and writing assignment. All pupils read one of three articles and get together in mixed groups to create posters that represent the similarities and differences between the articles. After presenting their work, class members get to work outlining and writing an essay on the same topic.
Middle and high schoolers identify how to discover a word's meaning by exploring context clues and any pictures, diagrams, photographs, and charts that might be included. They continue this process with other examples and locate one on their own. They finish by writing their own think-aloud on paper to share with the class.
Using the variety of videos, articles, and other materials provided here, class members explore the importance of monuments, historical narratives, and shared memory. After reading and participating in a Socratic seminar, pupils choose a monument to research, write a paper about, and re-represent either with description or an actual physical product. An involved project that requires critical and creative historical thinking.