Lesson Plan

Discovering Nonfiction Details

Give your ELs concrete experience with adverbs and adverbial phrases as a tool to discover details in nonfiction texts. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the Hey! What's the Big Idea? lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Hey! What’s the Big Idea? lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Hey! What’s the Big Idea? lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify the main idea of a nonfiction text.

Language

Students will be able to explain supporting details with adverbial phrases using a web graphic organizer.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
Write Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge TemplateGraphic Organizer Template: Frayer ModelAdverbial Phrases in NonfictionDiscovering DetailsVocabulary Cards: Discovering Nonfiction DetailsGlossary: Discovering Nonfiction Details
  • Ask students to share their knowledge of verbs by talking to a partner about what a verb is.
  • Invite a few students to share their conversation and record their responses. Confirm the definition of a verb and provide more examples (e.g., "run," "walk," "smile," "create," "play").
  • Ask students if they know what type of speech modifies, or describes verbs. Guide students to discover that adverbs are words that modify verbs.
  • Tell your learners that today they will learn to identify adverbs and adverbial phrases which give us supporting details in nonfiction texts.