Lesson Plan

Reading Winners

Who will win the race? Help your class build essential pre-reading skills with a friendly competition. Your students will race to identify the author, illustrator, and understand all the parts of a book in this engaging lesson.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Learning About Literacy Concepts pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Learning About Literacy Concepts pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate understanding of the parts and organization of a book.

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


(10 minutes)
  • Start the lesson by asking students about their favorite books. Potential questions include: What's the name, or title of the book? Who is the author, or person who wrote the book? What does the book look like?
  • Show your students any book, and point to the large name on the front cover, or the outside front part of the book. Explain that this is the title. Point to the author of the book.
  • Explain that there is much more information in a book than just the title and the author.
  • Show your students the name of the illustrator, the person who draws pictures for the book.
  • Look at the side of the book, or the spine, to show your students that they can identify the title and author of a book from the side.
  • Show them the back cover of the book, and let them point out what they see. Generally, the back cover includes information about the book and author.
  • Open the book to show the title page, explaining that this is a page inside the book that says the book title and author.


  • Provide students with sentence stems to share about their favorite books.
  • Display visuals to accompany new vocabulary words.


  • Pass out a variety of books for students to reference.
  • Provide student-friendly definitions for new vocabulary words.