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Be a Nonfiction Detective!
Be a Nonfiction Detective!
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Be a Nonfiction Detective!
Take the mystery out of comprehending nonfiction by becoming a text feature detective! Find clues before reading to get your brain ready to learn!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Mini Dictionaries!
Mini Dictionaries!
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Mini Dictionaries!
Smaller dictionaries that are totally relevant to the material being read? In this lesson, students will learn that these miraculously really do exist and go by the name of glossaries!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
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Researching the Past Using Primary Sources
Knock, knock! It’s the U.S. Census Bureau! In this lesson plan, students analyze primary sources in the form of census data to do research that helps them answer questions about famous people and the time period during which they lived.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
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Searching for Text Features
Direct instruction about text features will help ELs better comprehend nonfiction texts. In this lesson, students will practice identifying text features. This lesson can be used alone or with the What's in a Text Feature? lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Text Features Evaluation
Text Features Evaluation
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Text Features Evaluation
Use this lesson to help your ELs evaluate the purpose of text features and justify their answers. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing Nonfiction Text Features.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
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Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
ELs will gain valuable practice learning about text features as they practice close reading and communication skills during a nonfiction picture walk. Use on its own or as a support for the Classifying Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Classifying Nonfiction Details
Classifying Nonfiction Details
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Classifying Nonfiction Details
As students re-read nonfiction texts, have them classify visual features and record learnings from the captions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs
Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs
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Analyzing Primary Sources with Past Tense Verbs
Students will analyze census data from Sojourner Truth and Walt Disney using past tense verbs and sentence frames. It can be used on its own or as support to the lesson Researching the Past Using Primary Sources.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Dictionaries & Definitions
Dictionaries & Definitions
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Dictionaries & Definitions
In this lesson, students will practice defining words by making their own vocabulary cards. This lesson plan can be used alone or with the Mini Dictionaries lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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