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Developing a Definition of Reading through Investigation in Middle School

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Developing a Definition of Reading through Investigation in Middle School

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Amy Mozombite

Largo, Florida

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • One note card for each student

  • Paper, pens

  • A variety of texts for analysis and investigation

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Profile Publisher

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Profile Publisher

Students use the Profile Publisher to draft online social networking profiles, yearbook profiles, and newspaper or magazine profiles for themselves, other real or fictional characters.

 

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PRINTOUTS

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PREPARATION

  • Compile a large variety of texts. Include picture books, beginning readers, elementary books on different reading levels, textbooks from different grades and subjects (elementary through college level), general fiction and non-fiction, reference books, dictionaries, poetry anthologies, plays, diaries, and professional books. Also include magazines and newspapers as well as technical reading, such as instructions, manuals, and job applications. Print a few Web-based texts such as a home page for a news source, a blog entry, or a Wikipedia entry to round out the collection.

  • Make copies of necessary handouts.

  • Type and copy the compiled list of student definitions of reading between Sessions One and Two.

  • Type and prepare an overhead of the group definitions between Sessions Two and Three.

  • Schedule an Internet-connected computer lab for Session Four.

  • Test the ReadWriteThink Profile Publisher interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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