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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.
4th 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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Close Reading: Introduction
Close Reading: Introduction
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Close Reading: Introduction
Help your students absorb the details of a text and make inferences about what they read with the strategy of close reading. By reading closely, students will become better able to understand complex themes and nuances in a text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry Themes
Poetry Themes
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Poetry Themes
Encourage your students to translate their understanding of theme to poetry. In this lesson, students will evaluate the theme of poems by sketching pictures and citing text evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Detectives
Inference Detectives
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Inference Detectives
It’s time to make an educated guess! In this lesson, your students will practice using their background knowledge and evidence from the text to make inferences in nonfiction pieces about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferring Character Motivation
Inferring Character Motivation
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Inferring Character Motivation
In this support lesson, students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character in order to understand their motivation. Use this as a support for the lesson What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading Through Word Choice
Close Reading Through Word Choice
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Close Reading Through Word Choice
Every great reader and writer knows that syntax matters. During this lesson, students will use the close reading strategy to focus on word choice, and use their understanding of syntax to develop theories about patterns in the text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Making
Inference Making
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Inference Making
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand inference, evidence, and schema. They'll analyze sentences to make inferences using evidence. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Inferring With Pictures lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Journey on the Underground Railroad
Journey on the Underground Railroad
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Journey on the Underground Railroad
This lesson combines historical facts and creative writing to engage students in exercises that enhance both vocabulary and social studies knowledge.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
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It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
In this lesson, students will use their creativity, a graphic organizer, and a fun story to learn about character analysis.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Map a Story
Map a Story
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Map a Story
This lesson will help your students summarize short stories and describe how characters respond to challenges using a story map. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Story Mapping Group Work lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
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Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Your students may know about Rosa Parks, but do they know about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that her famous action inspired? Enhance students' knowledge of this important part of the Civil Rights movement while teaching cause and effect.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
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A Living Timeline: The American Revolution
Make history come alive with this interactive lesson! Students will have a blast presenting a "living timeline" to help their classmates understand the events of the Revolutionary War.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
Have you ever read a story and immediately began to compare the characters to those of your favorite story? In this lesson, students will learn to read context clues and descriptions in order to understand characters and compare them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferences in Fictional Texts
Inferences in Fictional Texts
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Inferences in Fictional Texts
Give your students practice with inferences using short fictional texts before asking them to apply the skill to a longer text of their choice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
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Venn Diagram Collage
Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Strong Inferences
Making Strong Inferences
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Making Strong Inferences
Making inferences is a key skill to master before going on to read more difficult fictional texts in fifth grade. This lesson helps your students solidify their inference skills with a focus on citing evidence in fictional text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
In fifth grade, students are expected to analyze complex texts on a deeper level. Teach your students to use close reading strategies, like rereading and annotation symbols, to dive deeper into fictional texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Naming the Native American Tribes
Naming the Native American Tribes
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Naming the Native American Tribes
Can your class name the Native American tribes? In this lesson that integrates social studies with language arts, students will research the tribes of Native Americans who lived in various regions of the United States!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Myths and Man
Myths and Man
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Myths and Man
Popular fiction throughout the ages colors the way people speak. In this short lesson, students will read a myth and non-fiction paragraph in order to identify and define words that come from mythology.
4th 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.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
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Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
In this inference lesson plan, your students will use evidence and background knowledge to make inferences in a variety of media including artwork, fictional stories, and even a short film.
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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