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Work on identifying text structure with this thorough learning exercise. After studying a diagram depicting six different text structures (compare/contrast, spatial, chronological, problem and solution, cause and effect, and order of importance/sequence), middle schoolers read 11 passages, determine the text structure, and put the text into the appropriate graphic organizer. Use this lesson to work on comparing and contrasting text structures. What does each provide? What is the purpose of each?
Middle schoolers work on comparing and contrasting different text structures with this project. First, they study an example of a sample page in a booklet, which they go on to use as a model. They complete a booklet with text structure, terms, and definitions. Terms include chronological, cause and effect, sequence/order of importance, spatial, and problem and solution.
Students gain a strong foundation for reading, writing, and using nonfiction through this lesson plan. They gain an awareness and general understanding what text structures are. Students also identify and interpret what clues they can use to identify the text structure of a piece of writing.
Students investigate the purpose of expository text. In this expository text activity, students read an article. They identify the main idea of the passage, the text structures and text organization using Kagan Structures. They define the words narrative, expository, fiction, and non-fiction and take a quiz based on the lessons.
Young readers go through a brief passage about a brother and a sister to practice comparing and contrasting. After they read the story, they respond to five multiple choice questions that require them to compare and contrast and analyze text structure. A home activity can extend your literacy lesson.
Family is a wonderful subject for little learners to get excited about. Family is also the theme for a social studies unit that uses literacy standards throughout. The guide outlines approximately three weeks of instruction and breaks down each Common Core standard addressed by tasks or questions the children will complete or be able to answer. The kids will become experts on the topic of family through reading, writing, and discussion. The only thing missing in this resource is an art project. What is kindergarten without an art project?
The ending of a text is the author's final word and last chance to reinforce his message. W.W. Jacob's ending for "The Monkey's Paw" is no exception to this rule. The narrator of the video takes a close look at the way the story closes by rereading the final paragraphs and relating these final words to the theme of the story. She takes it a step further by imagining an alternate ending and commenting on how that ending would alter the author's message. The idea is strong; however, the guided notes on the page do not correspond with the instructional activity, and the narrator has some pacing issues.
Introduce young readers to informational texts with a well-designed, ready-to-use, and Common Core-aligned unit. Young readers will learn a variety of skills while studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). As the first lesson in this unit, the primary focus of the lesson is learning to use the norms of class discussion as well as close reading practices. Your young readers will learn and practice strategies such as rereading, annotating, identifying key vocabulary, and summarizing. Making use of great instructional strategies, this unit is a must see! Note: The level of text complexity for this module would most likely make it appropriate for older grades as well.
Lesson 6 of this extensive unit finally has your class begin to work their way through specific articles from the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Before examining the rights actually detailed in the document, have your class guess what rights might be included with a "give one, get one" activity. Individuals brainstorm a list of rights they imagine might be in the UDHR, and then walk around, sharing and recording the ideas of their classmates. Afterward, delve into Article 2 with your class, modeling close reading strategies and completing corresponding sections of the note-catcher. Individuals will do Article 3 independently. Note: See additional materials for an index of the unit's lessons.
Created by Jim Burke, this packet contains several activities to borrow for your unit on The Odyssey. Lots of graphic organizers and strategically phrased questions require readers to ask questions, record textual evidence, and describe components of the text (character, plot, etc.).
Compare and contrast two pieces of literature with this lesson. With the use of a Venn diagram, pupils make connections between literature and real-life situations. They practice skills of surveying a text looking for important details, as well as comparing two different text structures.