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Explorer Letters
Explorer Letters
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Explorer Letters
Step into the shoes of an explorer. Students will learn more about the lives and accomplishments of important explorers, and they'll demonstrate their knowledge through a creative writing assignment.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferences in Nonfiction Texts: Cesar Chavez and Farmworker Rights
Inferences in Nonfiction Texts: Cesar Chavez and Farmworker Rights
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Inferences in Nonfiction Texts: Cesar Chavez and Farmworker Rights
Cesar Chavez is a perfect example of a champion for social justice. Students will refine inference skills by using background knowledge and evidence from the text, while also discovering an important American civil rights activist.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Quotes with Introductory Phrases
Quotes with Introductory Phrases
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Quotes with Introductory Phrases
Help your EL students find and record quotes as evidence in nonfiction texts with the help of introductory phrases and sentence frames. This can support the lesson Making Inferences in Nonfiction Texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Explaining Illustrations with Declarative Sentences
Explaining Illustrations with Declarative Sentences
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Explaining Illustrations with Declarative Sentences
In this lesson, students will examine illustrations and write about them using declarative sentences. This can be used on its own or as support for the lesson A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Connecting Text and Illustrations.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferences and Introductory Phrases
Inferences and Introductory Phrases
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Inferences and Introductory Phrases
In this lesson, students are asked to cite the text for evidence as they make an inference in a nonfiction text. It can be taught on its own or used as a pre-lesson to Inferences in Nonfiction Texts: Cesar Chavez and Farmworker Rights.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Discovering Nonfiction Details
Discovering Nonfiction Details
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Discovering Nonfiction Details
Give your ELs concrete experience with adverbs and adverbial phrases as a tool to discover details in nonfiction texts. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the Hey! What's the Big Idea? lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Identify and Develop an Opinion
Identify and Develop an Opinion
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Identify and Develop an Opinion
Use this lesson to teach your students how to express opinions about nonfiction topics. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *What Does the Author Think?* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
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Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose
Teach your students about picture walks as a strategy to understand the author's purpose in a fictional text. This lesson can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support for the Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Verbs that Show Character Action
Verbs that Show Character Action
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Verbs that Show Character Action
Use this lesson to teach your students how to identify character actions with verbs. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Look for the Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Text Features Evaluation
Text Features Evaluation
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Text Features Evaluation
Use this lesson to help your ELs evaluate the purpose of text features and justify their answers. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing Nonfiction Text Features.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Asking Deeper Questions
Asking Deeper Questions
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Asking Deeper Questions
Use this lesson to help your ELs ask different types of questions as they read. Students will analyze a story and ask questions based on the text. This lesson could be used on its own or used as support to the Red Light, Green Light lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring the Features of a Book Series
Exploring the Features of a Book Series
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Exploring the Features of a Book Series
Students will engage their analytical skills and literacy skills as they compare books within a series. The central activity in this lesson will have students identifying, comparing, and contrasting the shared features of books in a series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Preview with Post-Its!
Preview with Post-Its!
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Preview with Post-Its!
Teach students to be stronger readers before they even begin reading! All they need is a book, their mind, and some sticky notes!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Sentence Structures for Summarizing
Sentence Structures for Summarizing
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Sentence Structures for Summarizing
In this support lesson, your ELs will use key vocabulary and sentence structures to summarize a story. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing and Contrasting Book Series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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All About the Picture
All About the Picture
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All About the Picture
This is a great lesson plan to introduce your EL students to the use of illustrations in a story. This can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson What's in a Picture?
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Summer Drama
Summer Drama
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Summer Drama
You won't strike out with this lesson on finding the theme of a script. Use this lesson to help your students identify the elements of a script and find the theme.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
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Going on a Nonfiction Picture Walk
ELs will gain valuable practice learning about text features as they practice close reading and communication skills during a nonfiction picture walk. Use on its own or as a support for the Classifying Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading with Symbols
Reading with Symbols
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Reading with Symbols
In this lesson, students will retell stories and use symbols to highlight interesting parts. This lesson can be used alone or with the Readers Record Their Thinking lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetic Personification
Poetic Personification
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Poetic Personification
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand personification in poetry. This lesson can be taught on its own or used as support to the Poetry Themes lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Classifying Nonfiction Details
Classifying Nonfiction Details
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Classifying Nonfiction Details
As students re-read nonfiction texts, have them classify visual features and record learnings from the captions.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Evidence as a Statement
Evidence as a Statement
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Evidence as a Statement
Teach your students to explain details in a text by using declarative sentences. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Color Coding Nonfiction Text* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Elections and Conditions
Elections and Conditions
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Elections and Conditions
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand details in a sentence by identifying conditional phrases. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Alliteration Accessible
Making Alliteration Accessible
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Making Alliteration Accessible
Help your ELs learn about alliteration and practice identifying the descriptive adjectives and nouns that make up alliterative sentences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Analyzing Alliteration.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Common Theme Words
Common Theme Words
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Common Theme Words
In this support lesson, your EL students will learn eight common theme words and will practice applying them to a short story. Use this lesson as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Determining the Theme of a Poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Colorful Coding
Colorful Coding
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Colorful Coding
Teach your students to color code for test success. In this lesson you will help students locate and highlight specific text evidence in order to answer comprehension questions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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