Lesson Plan

Informational Text: Citing Evidence Like a Detective

Get your magnifying glasses—it’s time to play text detective. In this lesson, students will learn the importance of reading comprehension and making inferences while learning to correctly label the 5 Ws within a text.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use color-coding as a reading strategy to help them determine what the text says explicitly. Students will be able to use paragraph and sentence labeling to help them cite specific textual evidence to demonstrate understanding of the text. Students will be able to use dictionaries to clarify the precise meaning of a key word or phrase.


(5 minutes)
  • Display the following sentences on the board: "I know that dogs are mammals because they provide milk for their puppies. I know that apples are fruits because they have seeds and grow on trees. I know that dancing is fun because I like it."
  • Explain to your students that one of the three sentences doesn’t belong because it doesn’t include a fact or provide a good source of supporting evidence
  • Have students turn to their partner and discuss which one they believe should be crossed out.
  • After a minute, have one volunteer come up to the board and cross out the sentence that does not belong.