Informational Text: Close Reading
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Students will be able to answer text-based questions about informational passages.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Explain to students that being able to comprehend informational text is a very important skill not only in reading, but also in science, social studies, and math.
- Display the Explore Tornadoes! worksheet and point out its specific text features, e.g. vocabulary words and definitions, bold words, headings, diagrams, text boxes, time-lines, captions, etc.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Hand out a copy of the Explore Tornadoes! worksheet to each student.
- Read the text aloud, pausing to talk about how certain text features help you comprehend the information in the passage.
- Ask for volunteers to answer the questions at the end of the text.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Hand out a copy of the Explore Hurricanes! worksheet to each student.
- Arrange the students into pairs, and have them take turns reading the text and answering the questions.
- Walk around the room to monitor students and help when needed.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Distribute a copy of the Explore Earthquakes! and Explore Tsunamis! worksheets to each student.
- Have them complete the sheets independently.
- Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to research different natural disasters and create documents similar to the worksheets.
- Support: Pair students who need support with students who have a firm grasp on the lesson material.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Collect students worksheets after the exercise. Review them later to assess overall comprehension of the lesson content.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Remind students that reading informational text is a skill that they'll be using for a long time.