English Language Arts Grade 9-10
Reading: Informational Text Standard 2
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyzing Informational Text
Students use the Informational Text Analysis Tool to deconstruct the essential elements of informational text.
Building Background Knowledge on The Holocaust
This lesson will introduce ESL students to critical background information about the Holocaust prior to reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and will help them synthesize that information into a product for presentation (a Wordle). The lesson begins with a brief review on nonfiction reading strategies. Following this, students will work in pairs to answer questions specific to an interactive Holocaust Hotlinks activity. Their final assignment will be to identify key words about the Holocaust from their Hotlink activity and synthesize these into a Wordle for presentation during the following class session.
Students use the Cornell notes tool (developed by Walter Pauk from Cornell University) to do close reading of informational text.
GIST is a strategy to help students write brief, accurate, and complete summaries of material they read. Students work together summarizing larger and larger portions of text, but keeping their summaries at 25 words or fewer.
Incorporating Informational Text: Article of the Week
Students build their knowledge base and learn to read and summarize informational texts.
Text Annotation: Informational Reading Strategy
Reading, analyzing, and evaluating informational text is a challenge for students. Here are some strategies for helping students complete close reading.
Wordless Media Messages
The lesson will use a variety of skills (writing, thinking, body movement, media) in order to introduce non-verbal communication to the students.
Written Conversation / Silent Discussion
Silent Discussion takes the strengths of a well-managed verbal classroom discussion and moves into a written discussion. Some of the benefits of this move include:
- all students participate
- students practice writing in a low-stakes, social format
- students engage with content skills and knowledge
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