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Informational Text: Close Reading

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July 22, 2015
by Sarah Marten

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to answer text-based questions about informational passages.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Explain to students that being able to comprehend informational text is a very important skill not only in reading, but also in science, social studies, and math.
  • Display the Explore Tornadoes! worksheet and point out its specific text features, e.g. vocabulary words and definitions, bold words, headings, diagrams, text boxes, time-lines, captions, etc.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Hand out a copy of the Explore Tornadoes! worksheet to each student.
  • Read the text aloud, pausing to talk about how certain text features help you comprehend the information in the passage.
  • Ask for volunteers to answer the questions at the end of the text.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Hand out a copy of the Explore Hurricanes! worksheet to each student.
  • Arrange the students into pairs, and have them take turns reading the text and answering the questions.
  • Walk around the room to monitor students and help when needed.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Distribute a copy of the Explore Earthquakes! and Explore Tsunamis! worksheets to each student.
  • Have them complete the sheets independently.



  • Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to research different natural disasters and create documents similar to the worksheets.
  • Support: Pair students who need support with students who have a firm grasp on the lesson material.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Collect students worksheets after the exercise. Review them later to assess overall comprehension of the lesson content.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Remind students that reading informational text is a skill that they'll be using for a long time.

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