Lesson Plan

Color Coding Nonfiction Text

Jazz up your nonfiction reading and add a little color! Use this lesson with your students to teach them to cite text evidence as they answer questions by color coding.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Evidence as a Statement pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to find text evidence in nonfiction text to support their answers.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(3 minutes)
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  • Have students take out a whiteboard and whiteboard marker. Tell them that they will have one minute to write down an answer to the question displayed on the board.
  • Display the following question: When is a time you were asked to explain yourself?
  • Have students share their answers in small groups. Then, call on nonvolunteers to share something that was discussed in the small groups.
  • Explain that in school and our everyday lives outside of school, we are asked to explain ourselves, or provide proof. Proof is any material that proves that something is real or true.
  • Share that today’s lesson will be a fun way to practice finding proof for our answers as we read nonfiction text.
  • Beginning: * Ask students to share with a partner in their home language (L1) or English, or allow them to draw an image to describe the situation.
  • Intermediate: Give examples of times when you were asked to explain yourself.
  • Provide a sentence stem for sharing: I was asked to explain myself when...