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Exploring How Section Headings Support Understanding of Expository Texts

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cynthia A. Lassonde

Schoharie, New York


International Literacy Association






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Search for sample texts by checking the online magazines listed in the Websites section of this lesson plan or using textbooks from your classroom or other print resources from your library. Select three brief and interesting expository texts to use as samples with your students. Consider the reading level of your students, as well as their interests and curriculum. For sample texts 2 and 3, copy the section headings onto index cards. Then, omit the section headings on the texts with correction fluid and insert a blank line for students to fill in the headings later. Print enough copies of each sample text so that all students will have their own copy. Be sure to read the texts carefully ahead of time so that you are familiar with their content.

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