Mini-lesson for Text Elements posted by Polk County, FL

This lesson plan, posted by Polk County, FL, provides an opportunity for students to interact with an informational text, including the text features included in a text. This lesson also allows for information gathering from informational text, organization of that information, and creation of a short essay based on the given informational text. This resource includes some excellent strategies to use when analyzing an informational text, such as modeling and think alouds. Inferencing and summarizing are also other skills addressed in this lesson. Although the title suggests a mini-lesson, this lesson may take more than one day to complete. This is an excellent resource to use when teaching student interaction with informational text.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas of informational and technical texts and determine the essential elements that elaborate them.
CLE 3002.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas of informational and technical texts and determine the essential elements that elaborate them.
CLE 3003.6.1
Comprehend and summarize the main ideas of complex informational texts and determine the essential elements that elaborate them.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Key Learning:

  • Good readers use a variety of strategies to comprehend text. 
  • Identifying text structures helps readers understand organizational patterns. Identifying sequence of events and cause / effect helps readers understand relationships.
  • Comparing and contrasting text elements helps readers make connections within and across texts. (Course Codes: Reading -5010050, Spelling - 5010080, Writing -5010090)
Essential and guiding questions: 

Unit Essential Question(s): 

  • What strategies do I use to understand text structures, relationships and connections within and across texts?
  • How do I identify sequence text structure?
  • How does sequence of events help me understand text?
  • How do I use text support to answer sequence questions?
  • How do I use sequence text structure to understand a variety of text? (Abstracting)
  • How do I identify cause and effect relationships in text? 
  • How do cause and effect relationships help me understand text?
  • How do I identify cause and effect text structure?
  • How do I use text support to answer cause and effect questions?
  • How do I support my reasoning for implied causes and effects? (Constructing Support) 
  • How do I identify compare and contrast text structure?
  • How do I compare and contrast elements (character, setting, problem, subject, author's purpose, author's perspective, main idea, etc.) within and across multiple texts?
  • How does compare and contrast help me understand text?
  • How do I use text support to answer compare and contrast questions?
  • How do I compare authors' perspectives across texts?
  • What strategies do I use to monitor my comprehension?
  • How do I fluently read grade level text?
  • How do I know when to adjust my reading rate?
  • How do I deepen my understanding of new vocabulary?
  • How do I use base words, root words, and affixes to determine meanings of complex words? 
  • How do I use Greek and Latin roots and affixes to determine the meaning of complex or unfamiliar words?
  • What resources can I use for word study?
  • How do I write an expository essay that states a thesis with a narrow focus, containing introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs? 
  • What strategies and tools do I use to evaluate my draft to improve my writing?
  • How do I tighten the plot or central idea?
  • How do I organize information into a logical sequence and combine sentences to add clarity?
  • How does word choice create precision and interest in my writing?
  • How do I write in a variety of expository, informational and technical forms?

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

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