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Developing Reading Fluency: Beginning the End of Unit 2 Assessment

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders continue to develop their reading fluency in preparation for their assessment in the tenth lesson plan of this unit. Young readers are provided with a short passage on Helen Keller, which they use while working in pairs...
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Close Reading in the Classroom

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Close reading is key to the analysis and interpretation of literature. A close reading of the title and the epigraph of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” offers readers an opportunity to examine how even single words or names can...
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Close Read: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies

For Teachers 4th Standards
Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues...
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Developing Reading Fluency: Criteria for Reading Aloud

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Third graders develop their reading superpowers in a lesson plan on fluency. After first listening to an audio recording or teacher read aloud, the class works together identifying criteria for fluent reading, focusing on phrasing, rate,...
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"Lonesome for a Change": Close Reading an excerpt from Their Eyes Were Watching God

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Whether or not Zora Neale Hurston's classic novel is a part of your course, this packet deserves a place in your curriculum library. Designed as a close reading exercise, the series of activities begins with the instructor modeling, with...
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Close Reading Passages of Literature

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Encourage kids to think deeply about what they are reading with five thought-provoking questions about one passage. After choosing a passage that is intriguing or confusing to them, learners write a summary, explain what they like or...
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Grow Research by Reading Additional Texts

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Your young writers have their research questions formulated, but now how do they go about reading new texts and finding information with those questions in mind? This video conveys the importance of avoiding tunnel view while...
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A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address provides the text for a series of close reading exercises that model for instructors how carefully crafted guiding questions can help readers think critically about what they read, thus developing...
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A Close Look at Close Reading

For Teachers 2nd - 7th
Take a close look at this 14-page resource that contains everything you want to know about close reading, from what it is and is not, to suggestions for how to choose a text and craft text-dependent questions that encourage readers to...
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Comprehension During Independent Reading

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Ideal for a language arts class, literary unit, or independent reading assignment, a set of reading worksheets address a wide array of skills. From poetic elements to nonfiction text features, you can surely find a valuable resource in...
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Reading Closely For Textual Details: "And, above all, we had to learn English."

For Teachers 8th Standards
Only a thorough understanding of history can save us from repeating it. Practice close reading skills with an eighth grade unit that focuses on 19th century America, including European immigration into Ellis Island and Frederick...
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Reading Comprehension: Guinness Book of World Records

For Students 6th - 10th
If your learners are curious about human achievement, superlatives, or esoteric trivia, the Guinness Book of Records is a way to tap into instrinsic motivation and relevance. Here's an informational reading that will grab their attention...
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6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read

For Teachers 6th Standards
The second lesson of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and...
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Earth Day Reading Comprehension

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Here is a really neat Earth Day reading passage that can be used online or printed. The initial passage provides learners with the opportunity to read a poem entitled, "Woodman, Spare That Tree!" It also includes comprehension questions...
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See, Say, Write and Read!

For Students Pre-K - 1st Standards
Support children with developing their reading, writing, and spelling skills. Children start by reading and writing the words the, can, and jump before reading three sentences describing animals that can jump.
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The Giver: Reading Road Map

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Sometimes it's helpful to read certain passages in a novel slowly and carefully, and to read other parts more quickly to move the plot along. Learners tread carefully through Chapter 20 of Lois Lowry's The Giver, noting which parts need...
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Using Think-Alouds to Improve Reading Comprehension

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Watch literacy scores rise as upper elementary and middle school students begin to improve their reading comprehension using these think-aloud strategies. Versatile for multiple grade levels and reading units, the activities focus both...
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Reading Aloud

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Warning: reading your paper aloud may cause bystanders to think you're talking to yourself. However, as the 14th installment of 24 in the Writing the Paper series from UNC explains, it is one of the best strategies for revision. Through...
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Abraham Lincoln Reading Comprehension—Childhood

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Who wants to learn about Honest Abe? The reading passage highlights the early life of Abraham Lincoln, detailing his experience as a young boy growing up in Kentucky. Readers read the brief passage and then answer 10 comprehension...
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Read-Aloud Lesson: Officer Buckle and Gloria

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
The children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a great story for teaching young learners about teamwork and the importance of following rules. In a detailed, read-aloud lesson, children learn to use both the words and...
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A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part II

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading...
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End of Unit 2 Assessment: Working with Two Texts - Reading, Listening, Summarizing, and Synthesizing

For Teachers 4th Standards
As a summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as...
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Mid-Unit Assessment: On-Demand Reading to Determine Main Idea and Supporting Details

For Teachers 4th Standards
Children learn about bullying in schools while being tested on their ability to read closely and identify the main idea and supporting details of a text. Following the assessment, young scholars participate in a chalk walk, during which...
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Developing Reading Fluency: Selecting a Text and Practicing Reading Aloud

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Young readers continue to strengthen their fluency skills with a text of their choosing. The teacher first engages the class with an audio recording or read-aloud of a short poem, modeling for children how to read fluently. Next it's...