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Lesson Plan

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cynthia A. Lassonde

Schoharie, New York


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology


Online Articles

Sample Chapters




  • An overhead projector

  • Content area textbooks or other nonfiction texts

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1. Familiarize yourself with the purposes of previewing texts and activating prior knowledge by reading the online articles provided in the Resources section of this lesson plan.

2. Read the article A strategy for previewing textbooks: Teaching readers to become THIEVES, which is referenced in the From Theory to Practice section in the Preview tab of this lesson plan, to familiarize yourself with the elements of the THIEVES strategy.

3. Make transparencies of the two student handouts Becoming THIEVES and The Elements of THIEVES, and prepare for use of an overhead projector. You will need a marker to complete the transparencies.

4. Make a worksheet copy of the two student handouts for each student.

5. Practice using THIEVES on the chapter you will model on Session 1. If you plan to use the online sample chapters during any session of the lesson, peruse them in advance.

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