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Basic Fiction Summaries
Basic Fiction Summaries
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Basic Fiction Summaries
This lesson gives students a structure to help them summarize fiction texts. When they are skilled at summarizing, they will be more capable of exploring various fiction genres. Use it as a precursor to Fiction Genres Library Exploration.
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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Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts
Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts
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Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts
Introduce the concept of author’s purpose in fiction texts with this fun reading lesson! Students will discuss three examples of fictional texts to determine the purpose of each.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Head to Head Fiction Reflections
Head to Head Fiction Reflections
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Head to Head Fiction Reflections
Reading reflection topics like theme, problems, and solutions can be challenging concepts for young readers. Help your students make sense of these literary elements using dynamic organizers that draw comparisons between fiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Logs to Go!
Reading Logs to Go!
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Reading Logs to Go!
Show and prove! Use this lesson plan and say farewell to fiction reading logs of yore, as your students (literally) draw connections across theme, cause, and effect.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
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The Elements of Fiction: Creating a Story Map
Give your students a chance to hone their reading comprehension skills as they learn about the characters, setting, and plot of their favorite fiction books by creating a story map.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Summary Raceway: Summarizing Fiction
Summary Raceway: Summarizing Fiction
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Summary Raceway: Summarizing Fiction
Start Your Engines! It's time to teach your students how to summarize fiction text as you race down Summary Raceway.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction Investigations: Topics and Themes Between Texts
Fiction Investigations: Topics and Themes Between Texts
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Fiction Investigations: Topics and Themes Between Texts
Students can have a love affair with fiction while details of the genre can go unnoticed! Using this lesson, your students look under the hood of their favorite fiction by analyzing texts across common themes and topics that hook readers.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Purpose of Fiction Texts
The Purpose of Fiction Texts
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The Purpose of Fiction Texts
Why does someone write a story? Give your students the tools to find out the author's purpose! Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as an introduction to the Author’s Purpose in Fiction Texts lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Which Style Is It?
Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Which Style Is It?
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Nonfiction vs. Fiction: Which Style Is It?
Sorting and categorizing isn’t just for cleaning! In this fun-filled activity, students will learn how to distinguish fiction from nonfiction.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Problems and Solutions in Fiction
Problems and Solutions in Fiction
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Problems and Solutions in Fiction
Every story has a problem and every problem has a solution! Use this lesson to help students identify the problem and solution in fiction texts. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Compare and Contrast Short Stories.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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You Compare Them! Fiction in Sub-Genre
You Compare Them! Fiction in Sub-Genre
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You Compare Them! Fiction in Sub-Genre
Comparing and contrasting fiction sub-genres encourages young learners to recognize more intricate details in texts. Use this lesson plan to teach your students to compare and contrast traits within a sub-genre.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fiction Genres Library Exploration
Fiction Genres Library Exploration
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Fiction Genres Library Exploration
How familiar are your fourth graders with the fictional genres available in their class or school libraries? This lesson introduces them to many genres of fictional books so they can get off to a terrific start of fourth grade reading.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Inventories
Reading Inventories
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Reading Inventories
Want to engage students in reading? Give them books that they want to read! This lesson will give you a chance to learn about your readers so that you can best support them to become fluent readers.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Round Up!
Reading Round Up!
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Reading Round Up!
Preschoolers can have a range of reading abilities. Find out what they know about letters and reading with this lesson plan!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Reading Goals
Reading Goals
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Reading Goals
Are your students emerging readers? Use this literacy-focused lesson plan to set summer reading goals and help your students express their opinions about books. Can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the Summer Reads lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Story Mapping Group Work
Story Mapping Group Work
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Story Mapping Group Work
Use this story map and your choice of short fiction passages to develop your students’ reading comprehension skills with this group reading lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading Strategy
Close Reading Strategy
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Close Reading Strategy
This lesson teaches your students to pay attention to small words, such as adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, to make a big difference in reading comprehension! Use as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for Close Reading: Introduction.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
This lesson provides teachers with an opportunity to teach students about reading stamina and assess student comprehension during independent reading.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Fan Fiction Finales
Fan Fiction Finales
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Fan Fiction Finales
Help your students' favorite characters come to life in new adventures as student writers draft new endings to their favorite stories.
5th 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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Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Improve reading comprehension with a lesson on cause and effect! In this lesson, students will use a T-chart to identify examples of cause and effect in and by the end, you’ll all be singing along to the cause and effect song!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Close Reading: Introduction
Close Reading: Introduction
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Close Reading: Introduction
Help your students absorb the details of a text and make inferences about what they read with the strategy of close reading. By reading closely, students will become better able to understand complex themes and nuances in a text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Fluently to Support Comprehension
Reading Fluently to Support Comprehension
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Reading Fluently to Support Comprehension
Use this lesson to teach students about the importance of reading fluently to support comprehension. Use as a stand alone activity or a support for the Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Informational Text: Close Reading
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Informational Text: Close Reading
Let's learn about natural disasters. After reading through some informational texts, students will use their close reading skills to answer questions about different types of disasters.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading fiction opens doors to other worlds and introduces children to fascinating topics and characters who become lifelong friends. Help students unlock a world of possibilities with these lesson plans designed to help them get the most out of their reading. From writing summaries and making predictions to identifying themes and unpacking figurative language, students will approach reading fiction with a new understanding.