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Guided Comprehension: Knowing How Words Work Using Semantic Feature Analysis

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Grades 3 – 6
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Three instructional-level texts (see Aesop’s Fables for an online collection of fables)

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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1. Access ReadingQuest.org: Semantic Feature Analysis to familiarize yourself with semantic feature analysis. Another recommended resource is the book Guided Comprehension: A Teaching Model for Grades 3–8 by Maureen McLaughlin and Mary Beth Allen.

2. Using a classroom computer and a projection screen, visit the Scholastic: Folktales website to test the audio ability on your computer. Make sure that you can play the online story The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin so that students will be able to hear it in class.

3. Copy the Semantic Feature Analysis Chart for The Rough-Face Girl onto a transparency or recreate it on chart paper.

4. Select a myth from the website Scholastic: Myths from Around the World or a print resource in your classroom to use during Stage 1.

5. Gather three instructional-level texts that match the needs of three levels of reading in your class (see Aesop's Fables for an online collection of fables).

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