Lesson Plan

Adjectives in Informational Texts

Describe the facts! This lesson teaches your ELs to identify adjectives and their important role as key details in informational texts. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Summarizing Nonfiction Texts.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Textslesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Textslesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to write three- to four-sentence summaries on nonfiction texts.

Language

Students will be able to identify key details in informational texts with adjectives using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceGraphic Organizer Template: Frayer ModelIdentifying Common AdjectivesAdjectives as Key DetailsVocabulary Cards: Adjectives in Informational TextsGlossary: Adjectives in Informational Texts
  • Remind students of the definition of nonfiction texts and specifically lead them to notice a type of nonfiction: informational texts. Tell students that informational texts are meant to inform or educate the reader about something.
  • Show a few examples of informational texts such as books or articles. Ask students to turn to a partner and name two other topics that would work well as informational texts (e.g., airplanes, volcanos, otters, etc.). Invite them to contribute to a list of informational text topics on a piece of chart paper. Leave this chart paper up to use later in the class.
  • Have a student read aloud the language objective to the class.