New! Reading Comprehension Quiz: Friendship
Readers can use these quiz questions to self-check their comprehension of a passage from Joseph Addison’s "Friendship." Links to resources that aid their understanding of the passage are provided, as is an answer key.
Learning from Aionwahta and Danny's Father (Chapter 4, "The Visit")
Fourth graders continue reading and discussing Eagle Song in the thirteenth lesson of a literature unit. Starting with small group discussions about different aspects of Native American culture, readers analyze the beliefs held by characters in the story. The teacher then reads aloud the first two pages of chapter 4 as the class works together answering text-dependent questions, being sure to cite specific evidence to supports their ideas. Time for independent reading follows as learners use sticky notes to locate details addressing the remaining questions, before finally working in groups to discuss their answers. A lesson that continues to develop students' ability to provide evidence from a book when discussing their reading.
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. 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.
A Reading Guide to Island of the Blue Dolphins
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete instructional activity or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book. Starting with background information about Scott O'Dell and his writing of the story, this guide moves on to provide a plot summary, character and setting descriptions, key vocabulary, important themes, and chapter related guiding questions. Also included are potential writing topics and extension activities, making this a complete resource for teaching this story. Consider reading this historical fiction novel as the class is learning about Native American cultures to allow for interdisciplinary connections.
Mark Twain: "The Glorious Whitewasher"
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence...expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Readers are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as possible. The passage is included with bolded vocabulary words to define in-context, and underlined words defined in the margins. Extra space lends itself nicely to marking the text. There are many reading comprehension activities suggested here! Learners synthesize their literary analysis through a narrative writing activity.
Westward Expansion: Chief Joseph's Words Of Surrender
Students explore westward expansion in the United States as it relates to Native Americans and the novel Holes. Students read a passage from Holes and discuss how westward expansion affected the Native Americans. Students compare and contrast different forms of courage.
Using Bibliotherapy to Teach Friendship Skills
Students explore literature as a means of learning how to be friend. In this bibliotherapy lesson, students learn about friendship skills as they read literature, write about literature, and share their impressions in small groups.
I Had a Hero Lesson
Learners read "I Had a Hero" a memoir written by a Peace Corps volunteer serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They discuss the story, respond to it in writing, complete comprehension activities and relate the account to their own lives.
A Passage to India Quiz
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about E.M. Forster's a Passage to India. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Teaching Reading Comprehension through Social Studies Readings
Examine how immigrants have changed the environment of the United States. Individually, middle schoolers will take a pre- and post-test to assess their reading comprehension. In groups, they compare and contrast the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam while they practice reading a page aloud to the class. To end the lesson plan, they analyze graphs and research the contributions of immigrants to the nation as a whole. Resource links are included.
I Had a Hero Lesson
Students examine what it takes to make a hero. The respond in their journals to the following prompts: What did I learn about friendship and heroism from reading and thinking about "I Had a Hero"? What did this story teach me about the world, myself, and others?
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