Reading 2: Laughter Linked to Health, Happiness
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students read a selection about laughter and then respond to 5 true or false questions.
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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: "The Wolf You Feed"
Close reading doesn't mean to literally read text close to your face, but rather to pay attention to particular details in order to develop a deep and purposeful understanding of text. The first part of a five-part resource provides an...
6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
TCRWP Nonfiction Reading and Argument Writing Performance Assessment
Are student athletes under too much pressure to perform? Middle schoolers use evidence from a series of provided videos and articles to support their stance on this highly-charged topic.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Using Think-Alouds to Improve Reading Comprehension
Watch literacy scores rise as upper elementary and middle school students begin to improve their reading comprehension using these think-aloud strategies. Versatile for multiple grade levels and reading units, the activities focus both...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
More Than Rhyme: Poetry Fundamentals
One of the many challenges in creating a poetry unit is selecting illustrative poems and designing activities to accompany each lesson. Here's a carefully crafted resource that can be used as a poetry unit or the individual lessons can...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Shizuko’s Daughter: Selective Reading Guide
Examine the text of Kyoko Mori's Shizuko's Daughter with a reading guide. With questions that prompt kids to refer to the reading as well as to their own experiences and opinions, the guide is an effective way to keep them engaged with...
7th - 12th 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
To Kill a Mockingbird: Study Guide
Designed to accompany a reading of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the worksheets in this packet permit readers to keep notes on parallels between Lee's life and Scout's, on characters in the novel, and on chapter events.
8th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Annotation and Analysis of Author's Purpose
Model for readers how to identify an author’s purpose in a nonfiction text. Using a document camera, conduct a close reading and annotate a passage from N. Scott Momaday’s, “Riding is an Exercise of the Mind.” Groups then read and...
6th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Expressing Your Views to the Letter
Analyze the motivation, purpose, and value of letters to the editor by examining letters written in response to the violence at Columbine High School. For homework, middle and high schoolers write their own letters to the editor about an...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable