Close Read: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies

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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. The class uses the text to begin making a list of rules to improve their school community, as they work toward the long term goal of writing a school constitution. Consider having learners create skits to act out the conflict resolution strategies from the article as an extension activity. This is a great resource for teaching how to read closely, and can very easily be adapted to any piece of writing.

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CCSS: Designed
  • Explicit procedures for teaching close reading
  • Includes meaningful, grade-appropriate text
  • Differentiated to support all learners
  • Adaptable to a variety of texts
  • None
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