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A Portrait of Our World: Making Connections and Developing Comprehension

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A Portrait of Our World: Making Connections and Developing Comprehension

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Nine 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Diane Brantley, Ph.D.

San Bernardino, California

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Using QARs to Develop Comprehension and Reflective Reading Habits

Students are introduced to question-answer relationships (QARs). Using the QAR strategy, students identify different types of questions and learn how to determine the appropriate response for each question type.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Cultural Connections and Writing for Change

A little understanding can go a long way. After learning about difficulties that Palestinian youths face, students will write a letter to an official discussing these issues.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Young Adult Literature about the Middle East: A Cultural Response Perspective

Adapted from Sheryl L. Finkle and Tamara J. Lilly’s Middle Ground: Exploring Selected Literature from and about the Middle East, this variation on traditional literature circles exposes students to a variety of young adult fiction from and about the Middle East. Students read and share research and responses in collaborative groups. At the end of the lesson, they write a letter to welcome an immigrant student to their school and community.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

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

Students learn the ins and outs of writing biographies by researching a contemporary or historical figure and writing a summary.

 

Grades   3 – 6  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Guided Comprehension: Self-Questioning Using Question-Answer Relationships

Guided comprehension moves your students beyond decoding to become independent readers. Generating questions to guide reading helps readers make connections with the text and supports independent comprehension of new texts.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Cube Creator

The interactive Cube Creator helps students identify and summarize key elements. It can be used as a prewriting or postreading activity.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Bio Cube

Bio Cube is a useful summarizing tool that helps students identify and list key elements about a person for a biography or autobiography.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Telling My Story: Make a Bio-Cube

Let children explore an interesting subject—themselves. An online tool will teach them to summarize and organize information as they write.

 

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