Reading

Text Structure Activities and Student Work

This sample material includes a lesson plan, signal words, literacy cards, and graphic organizers used to help students learn about text structures. Two examples of student work are included to show how students use a Venn diagram during a classroom reading activity. View the presentation, Interactive Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Text Structure, to see how these materials are used in the classroom.

 

FEATURING: Dawn Chappelear, Third- and Fourth-Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Interactive Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Text Structure

A third/fourth-grade teacher shares instructional activities designed to help her students understand the compare-contrast and sequence nonfiction text structures. She uses cooperative learning strategies, graphic organizers, and games. View the related sample material, Text Structure Activities and Student Work.

 

FEATURING: Dawn Chappelear, Third- and Fourth-Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Kindergarten Lesson Plan

This plan was developed by a kindergarten teacher. It provides details on standards, objectives, and essential questions guiding text structure instruction, and describes lesson activities and ways to extend student learning. View the presentation Teaching Character and Setting in an Inclusion Classroom to see how the lesson was implemented.

 

FEATURING: Cindy Burke, Kindergarten Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Teaching Character and Setting in an Inclusion Classroom

Hear how a kindergarten teacher adapts a lesson on narrative text elements for her special needs students. Instructional strategies include building on background knowledge, using visual materials, character and setting illustrations, and reteaching. Review the related sample material, Kindergarten Lesson Plan: Character and Setting.

 

FEATURING: Cindy Burke, Kindergarten Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Bat-Bird Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer

This organizer was used by a third-grade teacher to teach the compare and contrast nonfiction text structure. It includes filled-in student examples, sections for recording similarities and differences, and clue word comparisons. Watch the presentation Compare-Contrast Graphic Organizer: A Whale Is Not a Fish to see how this tool is used.

 

FEATURING: Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Compare-Contrast Graphic Organizer

Watch a third-grade teacher use a graphic organizer to help students compare and contrast information in a nonfiction text. She models the use of clue words and provides practice through partner sharing and independent work. See the related sample material, Bat-Bird Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer.

 

FEATURING: Nakia McNair, Third-Grade Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Story Elements Graphic Organizer

This organizer was used by a third-grade teacher during a lesson on teaching narrative text structure, specifically identifying problem and solution. Watch the video Gertrude Took a Nose Dive: Identifying Problem and Resolution to see how Erin Green uses the organizer to support comprehension instruction.

 

FEATURING: Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Gertrude Took a Nose Dive

Watch a third-grade teacher demonstrate how to teach narrative text elements using a graphic organizer. The teacher incorporates several strategies throughout the lesson, such as modeling, questioning, picture clues, predicting, and partner work. View the related sample material, Story Elements Graphic Organizer.

 

FEATURING: Erin Green, Third-Grade Teacher, Lake Forest North Elementary School (DE)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

"I Can..." Reading Strategy Books

This student booklet was created by a second-grade teacher to help her students keep track of the reading strategies they have learned and to remind them to use them as they read. Watch the presentation, Targeting Reading Strategies: Summarizing to hear how the teacher uses these booklets in her classroom.

 

FEATURING: Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Targeting Reading Strategies

View a presentation of a second-grade teacher using a gradual release of responsibility to teach summarizing. She uses story maps, guided practice, and literacy center games to support students in learning this strategy. View the related sample material developed by the teacher, "I Can…” Reading Strategy Books.

 

FEATURING: Melanie Stanley, Second-Grade Teacher, Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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