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Reading: Informational Text Standard 2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Graphic Organizers Bring About Good Science Read/Writng
    This activity emphasizes the importance of teaching reading and writing strategies for students to use with informational text.
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Unit
    Throughout this unit on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, students practice the same six skills with greater scaffolding and modeling at the beginning, and more independence toward the middle and end. The tasks include: 1. writing to an essential question to access background knowledge; 2. using context clues and root words to determine word meaning; 3. close reading with the aid of a glossary; 4. taking notes one of two graphic organizers (sequence of events and/or empathy map); 5. re-reading to answer text dependent questions; and 6. summarizing the chapter.
  • Reading and Writing Arguments
    In this lesson, students read informational pieces about whether or not schools should teach cursive writing. They will evaluate the arguments presented and then choose a side of the issue. Finally, they will write their own arguments expressing their points of view.
  • Setting A Purpose For Reading Using Informational Text
    Before reading, set a purpose for reading informational text by turning the title and subtitles into questions.
  • Using a Before-Rdg Organizer with Informational Text
    Before reading, create a graphic organizer that uses the titles and subtitles of an informational text.
  • Whittle, Whittle it Down: Summarizing
    This "jigsaw" activity will give students the opportunity to work in groups to summarize a 1 to 2 page informational text. It "jigsaws" down to 1 class summary and can be done in 2 or 3 days. This plan was designed for a class of 22 students but can be easily modified by varying group size.

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