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Signal Cause and Effect

Teach your students to recognize the words that signal cause and effect relationships. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Nonfiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect* lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Nonfiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Nonfiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify cause and effect relationships in informational text.

Language

Students will be able to describe cause and effect relationships with signal words using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Write the phrase staying up too late on the board. Ask students to think about what makes them to do that and what happens afterwards.
  • Allow students to discuss in partnerships or a small group. Accept student responses and record them in a T-Chart with one side dedicated to the Causes and one side to the Effects.
  • Explain that every event has causes and effects in our lives, and the same goes for texts. Go over the objective for the lesson and tell students that they will be focusing on signal words to show cause and effect relationships.