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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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Poetry Themes
Poetry Themes
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Poetry Themes
Encourage your students to translate their understanding of theme to poetry. In this lesson, students will evaluate the theme of poems by sketching pictures and citing text evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferring Character Motivation
Inferring Character Motivation
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Inferring Character Motivation
In this support lesson, students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character in order to understand their motivation. Use this as a support for the lesson What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inference Making
Inference Making
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Inference Making
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand inference, evidence, and schema. They'll analyze sentences to make inferences using evidence. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Inferring With Pictures lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
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It’s All in the Personality: Character Traits
In this lesson, students will use their creativity, a graphic organizer, and a fun story to learn about character analysis.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Map a Story
Map a Story
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Map a Story
This lesson will help your students summarize short stories and describe how characters respond to challenges using a story map. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for the Story Mapping Group Work lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
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Understanding Character Traits, Understanding Plot Lesson Part III
Have you ever read a story and immediately began to compare the characters to those of your favorite story? In this lesson, students will learn to read context clues and descriptions in order to understand characters and compare them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferences in Fictional Texts
Inferences in Fictional Texts
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Inferences in Fictional Texts
Give your students practice with inferences using short fictional texts before asking them to apply the skill to a longer text of their choice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
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Venn Diagram Collage
Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
In fifth grade, students are expected to analyze complex texts on a deeper level. Teach your students to use close reading strategies, like rereading and annotation symbols, to dive deeper into fictional texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Analyzing Visual Elements
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Give students many opportunities to see how visuals can influence a story's meaning. Show off your acting skills and read a great book to help them learn!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferring With Pictures
Inferring With Pictures
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Inferring With Pictures
In this lesson, the class will review what it means to make an inference. After you model how to make an inference in a painting using your schema, your students will work in groups to analyze additional paintings to make more inferences.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferences with Sentence Stems
Inferences with Sentence Stems
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Inferences with Sentence Stems
Use this lesson to help your ELs make inferences with support. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Inferences in Fictional Texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferring with Visual Elements
Inferring with Visual Elements
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Inferring with Visual Elements
Your ELs will practice drawing connections between illustrations and relevant text in a story in order to make inferences. This lesson can be a stand-alone resource or it can be paired with the lesson Analyzing Visual Elements.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences About Feelings
Making Inferences About Feelings
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Making Inferences About Feelings
In this support lesson, your students will use sentence frames and short texts to make inferences about a character's feelings in order to understand their perspective.
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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