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Scaffolding Comprehension Strategies Using Graphic Organizers

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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


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Jeanne Halladay

March 04, 2012

This is a marvelous lesson plan of using the "smart" teaching strategy of combining all sorts of standards into one lesson. My 5th students and I have had great success with previewing, determining which strategy to use for errors when reading, writing the "gist", and others that have been incorporated into this lesson. As a teacher I have found the addition of working successfully in groups to be the icing on the cake. Bravo, Susan! Very well done.



January 29, 2012

I've been teaching for a while, and I find that I rarely ever trust other teachers' resources and, particularly, organizers. I tend always to create my own.

What a pleasant experience it was stumbling upon your CSR materials. I found that I had to modify them very little; they were excellent to begin with.

Thanks for sharing, and for making your materials simple and clear.



Alison McCusker

November 27, 2011

I am just finishing my bachelor's degree and have had a fear of lesson plan writing. I find it a vast and harrowing place to navigate. My friend turned me on to your site and I now feel that I have a much better handle on lesson plans. If nothing else, I can utilize what is here until I get my feet wet a few times to see what works for me and my future students. Thank you for your great help! It has given me confidence in my future teaching career!



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