Lesson Plan

Punctuation & Prosody

Are your second graders struggling with reading comprehension? Help them understand how prosody can help their understanding of the text with this reading lesson plan.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Building Fluency with Punctuation pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Building Fluency with Punctuation pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to read with prosody.

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

(2 minutes)
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  • Tell students that today we will be looking at the comprehension and prosody clues that punctuation gives us in a text.

  • Define prosody as the rhythm and pattern of sounds in language. Write the definition on the board. Explain that when we read with prosody, it helps us better understand what is happening and what characters are feeling.

Beginning:

  • Define punctuation as the marks in a piece of writing that make its meaning clear.
  • Have students turn to a partner and explain what you will be discussing, either in English or their home language (L1).

Intermediate: Have students rephrase what you will be studying today. Explain that rephrasing means to use your own words.