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Lesson Plan

Scaffolding Comprehension Strategies Using Graphic Organizers

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

Grades 3 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three to four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Susan Ruckdeschel

Susan Ruckdeschel

New York, New York


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Content area texts

  • Folder for handouts

  • Overhead projector or whiteboard


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1. Review and, if necessary, modify the graphic organizers to meet the specific needs and abilities of your students. For assistance in creating or recreating graphic organizers, use the following resources:
2. Display a poster-size version of the Clunk Pattern Poster in your classroom for students' reference during the lesson.

3. Create a poster-size version of the Cooperative Learning Roles, in addition to printing a handout for each student.

4. Make one copy of the KWL Graphic Organizer handout for each student.

5. Find students or colleagues to assist in the modeling of cooperative learning roles.

6. Select a sample passage from a textbook to use for modeling the four reading strategies used in this lesson: preview, click and clunk, get the gist, and wrap-up.

7. Review the Cooperative Learning Rubric or prepare one on your own to use for evaluation of students' cooperative learning behaviors.

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