Lesson Plan

Colorful Coding

Teach your students to color code for test success. In this lesson you will help students locate and highlight specific text evidence in order to answer comprehension questions.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to distinguish between questions with a directly stated answer and questions with an inferred answer before answering questions about a text.

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

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Pass out the first comprehension passage and a set of colored pencils for each student.
  • Display the first passage on the projector or document camera and read the title of the passage.
  • Have students predict what this passage will be about.
  • Tell the students that today they are going to learn to identify types of questions and how to color-code answers.

Beginning

  • Allow students to make the prediction in their home language (L1) or their new language (L2).

Intermediate

  • Provide a sentence starter for their prediction: "I think the passage will be about ________."