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Text Features and Their Purposes
Text Features and Their Purposes
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Text Features and Their Purposes
This lesson helps your ELs identify nonfiction text features and explain how they enhance comprehension of the text. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Searching for Text Features lesson plan.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Informational Text: Close Reading
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Use a student-friendly glossary and sentence frames to learn about wild weather! Scaffolds will help your students answer text-dependent questions. This lesson can be paired with the main Informational Text: Close Reading lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Lesson Plan
Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn key vocabulary terms that they will see in future lessons about the American Revolution. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson A Living Timeline: The American Revolution.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About Text Features
Learning About Text Features
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Learning About Text Features
In this lesson, students will read text features and discuss how each text feature relates to the main idea of a nonfiction text. Use a stand alone activity or a support for the Examining the Author's Purpose in a Nonfiction Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
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Introduction to Charts and Diagrams
Charts, graphs, and diagrams are complex text features for students to decipher. Use this lesson to familiarize students with these features. It can be taught on its own or before the lesson Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
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Using Sentence Level Context to Decode Text
Use this lesson to reinforce using sentence level context clues to decode challenging words in a nonfiction text. This can be used as a stand alone activity or a support the Using Context Clues to Understand Word Meanings lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction Text Features
Nonfiction Text Features
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Text Features
Students will be able to use and identify nonfiction text features. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the How Many Features? lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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All About Nonfiction
All About Nonfiction
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All About Nonfiction
Use this lesson plan as a stand alone or support lesson to introduce or review nonfiction text features to your ELs.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Captions for Illustrations
Captions for Illustrations
Lesson Plan
Captions for Illustrations
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn about the components that make a good caption for an illustration. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Caption Illustration! Say It With A Drawing* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Understand Text Features
Understand Text Features
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Understand Text Features
Let's practice reading nonfiction texts! In this lesson, teach your ELs about identifying and describing text features. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Formatting Text Features.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
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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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
Lesson Plan
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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