July 22, 2015
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by Sarah Marten

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Informational Text: Close Reading

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Students will be able to answer text-based questions about informational passages.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(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.
(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.
(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.
(15 minutes)
  • Distribute a copy of the Explore Earthquakes! worksheet and have them complete the sheets independently.
  • Review the answers to the worksheets as a class and correct any misconceptions.
  • 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.
(5 minutes)
  • Assign students the Explore Tsunamis! worksheet to each student and have them complete it as an assessment.
  • Collect students' worksheets after the exercise. Review them later to assess overall comprehension of the lesson content.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to share one aspect of informational texts that help them understand what they're reading.
  • Remind students that reading informational text is a skill that they'll be using for a long time.

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