Lesson Plan

Learning to Read from Left to Right

This is a great lesson to introduce or review introductory literacy concepts with your students!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page when reading text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
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  • Gather students together for a read aloud.
  • Tell students that today you will be reviewing how to read a book, by following special reading rules. Remind students that a rule is something that tells you what kind of behaviors or actions are allowed or expected.
  • Ask students to think about some rules that you have in the classroom (e.g., only writing or drawing on paper, quiet voices, sharing) and explain that just like in the classroom, we follow special rules to help us read books the right way so that we can understand the story.


  • Pair students up with a partner of similar language ability (or same home language) to share ideas of familar rules.


  • Provide students with a sentence stem to support them in describing a familiar rule.