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Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
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Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic
Did you know that comparative tasks improve comprehension and help students develop higher order thinking skills? In this lesson, students will compare nonfiction texts on the same topic using Venn diagrams and performance!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Identifying the Author's Purpose
Identifying the Author's Purpose
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Identifying the Author's Purpose
This lesson gives students foundational skills needed to identify the author's purpose in a variety of texts. Use the lesson as a stand alone or as a pre-lesson to What Were They Thinking?
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Text Features and Their Purposes
Text Features and Their Purposes
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Text Features and Their Purposes
This lesson helps your ELs identify nonfiction text features and explain how they enhance comprehension of the text. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Searching for Text Features lesson plan.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
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What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in three to four sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Homophones: Hold the Homophone!
Homophones: Hold the Homophone!
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Homophones: Hold the Homophone!
Want your students to/too/two use the right/write words when/win writing? This lesson will teach them about homophones and the different ways/weighs they are used.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
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Charts and Graphs and Diagrams, Oh My!
Students will learn about three nonfiction text features: charts, graphs, and diagrams. They will analyze and interpret the information represented in these visual forms and discover how they aid in the comprehension of nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
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Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Students put their knowledge of animal adaptations to the test when they create a new creature with its own unique set of adaptations!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Fiction vs. Nonfiction
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction
Kids will love learning some fun facts about elephants while developing their reading comprehension skills. Using T-charts and Venn diagrams, they'll analyze stories and explore different characteristics of fiction and nonfiction.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Detectives
Inference Detectives
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Inference Detectives
It’s time to make an educated guess! In this lesson, your students will practice using their background knowledge and evidence from the text to make inferences in nonfiction pieces about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Get Clued In to Context Clues
Get Clued In to Context Clues
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Get Clued In to Context Clues
Context clues are a powerful tool for all readers! Use this lesson to teach your students how to utilize context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Journey on the Underground Railroad
Journey on the Underground Railroad
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Journey on the Underground Railroad
This lesson combines historical facts and creative writing to engage students in exercises that enhance both vocabulary and social studies knowledge.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Use this lesson to show your students that dreams can become reality with dedication and determination. This lesson will teach them about a man who made his dream come true by standing firm in front of the most challenging obstacles.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
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Cause and Effect: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Your students may know about Rosa Parks, but do they know about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that her famous action inspired? Enhance students' knowledge of this important part of the Civil Rights movement while teaching cause and effect.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Writing Facts and Opinions
Writing Facts and Opinions
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Writing Facts and Opinions
State your opinion but know your facts! Get your students jazzed about facts and opinions with this lesson that has them writing and sorting both types of statements.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Understand African American Spirituals
Understand African American Spirituals
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Understand African American Spirituals
Spirituals have a long history in the United States, and often serve to strengthen and motivate people. Students will compare three types of spirituals from different time periods and share their understanding with their peers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
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Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
Students are often taught that written pieces should be long and detailed, but this isn't the case when it comes to summaries. This lesson gives students the chance to practice keeping summaries concise in a fun and engaging way.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Vocabulary in Context
Vocabulary in Context
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Vocabulary in Context
In this lesson, students will improve their skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of difficult words. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Journey on the Underground Railroad.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
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What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in 3-4 sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Closely
Reading Closely
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Reading Closely
Young readers will love this story-filled reading comprehension lesson. It's packed with engaging exercises designed to help students become better at looking for details and annotating passages of text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Detective Reading
Detective Reading
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Detective Reading
Roll up your sleeves and get out the magnifying glasses! In this lesson, your students will practice finding supportive details and examples in informational texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
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Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Improve your students' comprehension of non-fictional reading through this lesson that teaches them about text features. Students will find their own text features and explain why they aid in the reading process.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Timelines and Nonfiction Text
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Timelines and Nonfiction Text
Teach your students how to use timelines to organize information from nonfiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Jazzy Bio Poems
Jazzy Bio Poems
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Jazzy Bio Poems
Integrate reading, writing, and social studies in this lesson about famous jazz musicians! This lesson would fit perfectly in a unit about biographies or Black History Month.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Diving into Earth's Oceans
Diving into Earth's Oceans
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Diving into Earth's Oceans
Get your students excited about geography with a lesson on Earth's oceans. After reading two different texts, they'll be ready to dive right into ocean paragraph writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
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Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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