Lesson Plan

Match Author's Point with Evidence

Use this lesson to help your ELs identify and discuss the author's point and the information that supports it. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the What’s the Point? lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What's the Point? lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the What's the Point? lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to determine the author’s purpose and point of view in informational text.

Language

Students will be able to discuss the author’s point and supporting details with signal words using peer support.

Introduction

(7 minutes)
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  • Provide an everyday, familiar example to your students of a topic in which many people disagree. Present the topic and the reasons for one point of view and write it on the board. For example, “Some students think they should wear uniforms to school. One reason is they will not have to worry about what to wear every day.”
  • Ask students to turn and talk to their partners about the topic, the important detail or point, and the reason you give to support the detail.
  • Allow students to share aloud and offer corrections. They should conclude that the topic is about uniforms, the important detail is that some students want to wear them, and the reason is because they will not have to worry about what to wear to school.
  • Model how to state the detail and reason aloud (e.g., "The author’s point is students should wear uniforms because they'll stop worrying about what they'll wear to school."). Read the student-friendly language objective aloud and have them choral read it again.
  • Tell students that today they'll identify an author’s reasons as well as evidence for the point the author makes.