Lesson Plan

Reading—Synthesis and Paired Passages

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Good readers make connections between texts. The SAT regularly assesses the ability to make those connections using paired reading passages, a topic discussed in an official SAT practice lesson plan on synthesis. During the lesson, test-takers participate in an introductory activity and a group/pair activity, both of which contain sample questions to read an analyze.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Whenever assigning  a novel, short story, or article, find a related passage and challenge scholars to write their own multiple choice questions that connect to both passages
Classroom Considerations
  • Includes a hyperlinked article on text synthesis for learners to read first
  • Refers to content from other lessons in the workbook 
  • Detailed rationales accompany each question and answer
  • Lessons designed by teachers for teachers
  • Assumes background knowledge many students may not have