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Guided Comprehension in Action: Teaching Summarizing With the Bio-Cube

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time At least four 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Alexandria Gibb

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Danielle Bevilacqua

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access
  • Overhead projector and transparencies
  • LCD projector

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1. This lesson is intended for classrooms in which students have access to computers and teachers have access to LCD projectors. If this is not the case in your classroom, the whole-group instruction in Session 1 can be demonstrated using an overhead projector. Print a blank Bio-Cube by accessing the online tool, entering your name, and then hitting the print button. Make a transparency of the printout.

2. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve four sessions in your school's computer lab. Visit the Bio-Cube tool and make sure it works properly. (You will need to download the latest version of the Flash plug-in, which is free and is available on the Site Tools page.) Add it to the Favorites list on the computers your students will be using. Arrange to use an LCD projector.

3. Visit the other websites listed in the Websites section and add them to the Favorites list on your classroom or school computers.

4. Print and make three copies of the Bio-Cube Planning Sheet for each of your students. Make two transparencies as well.

5. Choose two brief biographies from one of the websites to use as an example with students. (This lesson uses Steve Irwin and J. K. Rowling as examples.) Print off a copy of each biography and the TIME 100: Jackie Robinson article. (You may choose to use a different magazine article if you wish.) For modeling purposes, complete a Bio-Cube Planning Sheet using information from these biographies.

6. Make copies of the Cinquain Poem Outline for the Writing Center (see Session 3).

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