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Signal Words, Facts, and Opinions
Signal Words, Facts, and Opinions
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Signal Words, Facts, and Opinions
Use this lesson to help your ELs search for signal words in texts to determine if a statement is a fact or an opinion. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the Is It True? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
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Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts
When students read nonfiction texts, they will need to make inferences using text features and quotes as evidence. Support your students using short texts as practice before diving into more complex materials like textbooks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
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Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources
Sharpen your students’ reading and research skills in this lesson that guides them in comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions. Students will collect information across several resources including Internet sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Determining the Theme of a Poem
Determining the Theme of a Poem
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Determining the Theme of a Poem
Give your class a deeper understanding of theme with this art and poetry-focused lesson plan about theme. By the end of the lesson, students will understand what theme is and how to determine theme in a piece of writing, such as a poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Use this lesson to show your students that dreams can become reality with dedication and determination. This lesson will teach them about a man who made his dream come true by standing firm in front of the most challenging obstacles.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
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Find Author’s Claim with Reasons and Evidence
In this lesson, your class will identify an author’s claim in nonfiction text by identifying evidence and reasons.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Analyzing Visual Elements
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Give students many opportunities to see how visuals can influence a story's meaning. Show off your acting skills and read a great book to help them learn!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fact vs. Opinion in Texts
Fact vs. Opinion in Texts
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Fact vs. Opinion in Texts
Understanding the difference between fact and opinion is a critical skill. Your students will practice differentiating between facts and opinions in nonfiction texts and will apply the skills they learn to write their own statements.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Ecosystems Explained
Ecosystems Explained
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Ecosystems Explained
This integrated reading and science lesson is packed with content on ecosystems. Your students will use the reading strategy of synthesizing while comparing and contrasting information from various sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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State Your Claim
State Your Claim
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State Your Claim
Help your students explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text by giving them high-interest nonfiction texts to read.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Impact of Westward Expansion
The Impact of Westward Expansion
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The Impact of Westward Expansion
How did westward expansion impact people living in the United States? Use this history lesson to give students an overview of the people and events involved. Then help them reflect on multiple perspectives in an informational paragraph.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Immigration: Ellis Island
Immigration: Ellis Island
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Immigration: Ellis Island
This is a lesson about the immigration procedures at Ellis Island. Students will learn about the process and creatively write about what it was like for immigrants to pass through Ellis Island.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Closely
Reading Closely
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Reading Closely
Young readers will love this story-filled reading comprehension lesson. It's packed with engaging exercises designed to help students become better at looking for details and annotating passages of text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Explaining Environmental Effects
Explaining Environmental Effects
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Explaining Environmental Effects
What’s the impact? In this integrated language arts and science lesson students will explore causes and effects that specifically relate to environmental impact, including the effects of human actions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
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The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
A lesson about the Great Depression doesn't have to depress your students! They will enjoy building background knowledge for *Bud, Not Buddy* with great interactive and cooperative learning tasks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Focus on Founding Fathers
Focus on Founding Fathers
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Focus on Founding Fathers
This lesson will allow students to explore the backgrounds and contributions of the Founding Fathers by completing an online scavenger hunt and writing a basic biography.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? This lesson will compare the two types of sources and ask students to discuss the benefits of using each source.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
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Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Texts
Support your EL students in understanding and identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text. This can support the lesson Tip of the Iceberg: Nonfiction Summary Details.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Not all nonfiction texts on the same topic are created equal! Using this lesson plan, your class will become familiar with nonfiction features by comparing and contrasting texts on a shared topic.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause and Effect with Comic Strips
Cause and Effect with Comic Strips
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Cause and Effect with Comic Strips
Pow! Bam! Splat! In this integrated reading and science lesson, students will explore the relationship between cause and effect. They will get creative and create cause-and-effect comic strips!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause and Effect Structure
Cause and Effect Structure
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Cause and Effect Structure
Use this lesson to help your ELs see patterns and signal words in the cause-and-effect text structure. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Eyeing the Effects of Weather.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride
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Paul Revere's Ride
The students are coming! The students are coming! Debunk common myths and teach your students about Paul Revere's ride with this lesson plan that lets students finish their own graphic novels.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
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Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea and Supporting Details
Main Idea and Supporting Details
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Main Idea and Supporting Details
Help your ELs learn how to identify the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text by using nouns and pronouns as guide words. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Explorer Letters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Colorful Coding
Colorful Coding
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Colorful Coding
Teach your students to color code for test success. In this lesson you will help students locate and highlight specific text evidence in order to answer comprehension questions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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