August 31, 2015
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By Tiffany Talibah Mance

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Who Was Alvin Ailey?

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Students will be able to analyze a text and formulate questions related to the text.

(5 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson by asking the students to identify someone that they admire.
  • Tell your students that authors sometimes write BiographiesAbout people that they admire.
  • Explain that BioMeans life and GraphMeans to write, making a biography the written life history of a person.
  • Tell them they are going to read the biography of a man that many people admire.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the Star graphic organizer.
  • Tell your students that when they read, they should be asking Who, what, where, when,And WhyAbout the information in the text.
  • Instruct your students to come up with additional questions based on the information in the text.
(15 minutes)
  • Read aloud the Clara Barton text.
  • As you read, ask the 5 W questions. Have the students use the Star graphic organizer to record the sample questions.
  • Using the subheading on the worksheet, point out Clara Barton's role as the founder of the American Red Cross. Explain that this answers the "who" question.
  • Come up with an example question based on that fact, such as: Who was the founder of the American Red Cross? What else did Clara Barton do?
  • Continue to guide the students through the remaining questions.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell the students that they are going to use specific details from the text about Alvin Ailey to formulate questions.
  • Inform them that once the questions are complete and are apporoved by you, they are to switch papers with a partner and correctly answer the questions.
  • Enrichment:Instruct your students to write a summary paragraph based on the answers to the questions.
  • Support:Have your students answer the 5 W questions without creating additional questions.
(5 minutes)
  • Check the answers that were given to the students' questions.
(5 minutes)
  • Have a student go to the front of the class and pretend to be the teacher by asking the class the questions that she created.

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