Advanced Question Response "What You Read"
In this writing prompt instructional activity, students respond to the question, "What kind of books do you like to read? What do you like about them?"
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Comprehension and Inference Question Creator
Encourage learners to ask questions about what they read with a instructional activity about comprehension and inference questions. The resource provides directions and examples that guide kids through crafting their own questions.
5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address provides the text for a series of close reading exercises that model for instructors how carefully crafted guiding questions can help readers think critically about what they read, thus developing...
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Closely For Textual Details: "And, above all, we had to learn English."
Only a thorough understanding of history can save us from repeating it. Practice close reading skills with an eighth grade unit that focuses on 19th century America, including European immigration into Ellis Island and Frederick...
8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Reading, Vocabulary, Comprehension
Whether you teach mainstream elementary classes or older English learners, a set of reading comprehension resources is a great addition to your language arts curriculum. Ten activities each include a reading passage and set of...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Small Group Discussion Questions
Support a class reading of the novel Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor with this series of discussion questions. Covering a variety of topics from character and setting to historical accuracy and symbolism, these questions challenge...
3rd - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Close Reading Passages of Literature
Encourage kids to think deeply about what they are reading with five thought-provoking questions about one passage. After choosing a passage that is intriguing or confusing to them, learners write a summary, explain what they like or...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Reading an Informational Text: "It All Started with Sputnik"
Sputnik was one of the greatest scientific advancements of the 1950s, and this reading lesson plan does it justice. Pupils start off with pre-reading questions and a video. They then read an excerpt from an article, which is accompanied...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
What Happens Next?
While your students may not be psychics, that doesn't mean they can't predict what will happen next in a story. To hone this important reading comprehension skill, young learners read a series of three short passages before writing a...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Little Prince: Blooms’ Taxonomy Questions
Question what you read with a lesson based on Bloom's Taxonomy. As kids read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, they formulate questions with cues from a graphic organizer, and answer them to work on critical thinking skills.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable