Lesson Plan

Informational Text: Close Reading

Let's learn about natural disasters. After reading through some informational texts, students will use their close reading skills to answer questions about different types of disasters.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Informational Text: Close Reading pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Informational Text: Close Reading pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.
EL adjustments


(10 minutes)
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  • 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, timelines, captions, etc.).


  • Give students the option to use their home language (L1) or new language (L2) in partners before sharing their answers aloud.
  • Reinforce information about nonfiction text features by asking ELs to show you a thumbs up if they think that a word you say is an example of one.
  • Example of thumbs-up words: "caption," "diagram," "heading," "title," "bold words."
  • Example of non-thumbs-up words: "page number," "paragraph," "sentence."


  • Remind students to refer to the student-friendly definitions and visuals for nonfiction text features throughout the lesson.

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