Lessons on Text Complexity Collection Resources (40)

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CIS Wind at Work
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This lesson is using complex text to teach "close reading" strategies using ...

This lesson is using complex text to teach "close reading" strategies using the Common Core Comprehension Instructional Sequence Method (CIS). It includes a lesson plan, a National Geographic article, and a summative assessment rubric. CIS is a detailed instructional method that should be used by those who have been trained in this strategy.

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Education
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Assessment
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Unit of Study
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Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Amber Thibedeau
Weathering and Erosion: A Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS) Lesson Plan
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This lesson plan follows the template for the Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS), ...

This lesson plan follows the template for the Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS), developed to implement Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts. This sequence scaffolds students as they read and response to complex content-area informational text. This particular lesson plan uses informational text about weathering and erosion, which ties into the 4th grade NGSSS benchmark SC.4.E.6.4.

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Education
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Assessment
Lecture Notes
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
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Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Wendy Shelden
Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations
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In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) ...

In this lesson students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) to discuss and deconstruct complex text. The new core standards emphasize the importance of developing students' speaking and listening skills as well as helping them access complex text through reading, re-reading, re-thinking, and re-examining.The purpose of this lesson is to get the students to focus and stay on topic while they talk. As a result, students are required to think more extensively about a topic by repeatedly reading and discussing with others.

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Arts and Humanities
Speaking and Listening
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Utah Education Network
Gravity: A Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS) Lesson Plan
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In this lesson tied to Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, ...

In this lesson tied to Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, students receive support as they read a complex informational text about gravity. The teacher facilitates a close reading and writing a response-to-text. This lesson accompanies the CPALMS Lesson "Stop the Drop - An Engineering Design Challenge."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Amber Thibedeau
CIS Lesson: Hazards of Hurricanes
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In this lesson tied to Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, students receive support as they read a complex informational text about the effects of hurricanes. The teacher facilitates a close reading and writing a response-to-text.

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Education
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
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Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
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iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Melissa Woods
Honeybee Mystery--a Comprehension Instructional Sequence Lesson Plan
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In this lesson tied to Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, students receive support as they read a complex informational text about honeybees. The teacher facilitates a close reading and writing a response-to-text.

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Education
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Assessment
Lecture Notes
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Wendy Shelden
Understanding Miss Maggie
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This lesson incorporates the use of think-pair-share, shared inquiry discussions, debating ideas, ...

This lesson incorporates the use of think-pair-share, shared inquiry discussions, debating ideas, supporting opinions with text-based evidence, and interpretive drawings to better understand complex text in 2nd grade literature.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Facts versus Beliefs
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This unit integrates a series of lessons on justice system based on ...

This unit integrates a series of lessons on justice system based on given statistical facts. The essential question of the unit is: How can complex text and statistical numbers assist in illustrating the truth of our justice system? In Illustrating the truth through powerful colorful graphs that accentuate the statistics hidden in the text and illustrate facts in a dynamic form.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Luke Blueford
Nestor Gonzalez
Romany Corella
Strategies For Reading and Comprehending Complex Scientific and Technology Text
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This lesson is designed for learners in adult basic education (low and ...

This lesson is designed for learners in adult basic education (low and high level adult secondary education). The purpose of this lesson is to teach a step-wise method that involves increased complexity reading material that assists learners with building a staircase type strategy for reading scientific and technology text proficiently. The lesson topic will include guiding students in how to ask themselves questions before during and after a passage. The questions will be used to build a staircase of information that can be compared to what they already know and personal experiences. This strategy will not only assist with appropriately answer reading passage questions but can be applied to reading and understanding complex texts for higher education and documents in the workplace.

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Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
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Unit of Study
Provider:
OER Commons
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Open Author Resources
Author:
Artralia Powell
Close Reading Exemplar: The Glorious Whitewasher (Grade 7)
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The goal of this exemplar is to reinforce the skills students have ...

The goal of this exemplar is to reinforce the skills students have acquired regarding how to extend their understanding and interaction with multiple texts when investigating a set of focused historical themes. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Tom Sawyer
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The goal of this one day exemplar is to give students the ...

The goal of this one day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits they‰ŰŞve been practicing on a regular basis to discover the rich humor and moral lesson embedded in Twain‰ŰŞs text. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will explore the problem Tom Sawyer faced and how he “solved” his conundrum. When combined with writing about the passage, students will learn to appreciate how Twain‰ŰŞs humor contains a deeper message and derive satisfaction from the struggle to master complex text. At the end of the lesson, students are provided two writing prompts to constructive a narrative inspired by Twain's text.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Student Achievement Partners for Just Read, Florida!
Kidnapped in Key West
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This lesson is focused on the text Kidnapped in Key West. It ...

This lesson is focused on the text Kidnapped in Key West. It integrates Florida history into this historical fiction piece that is rich with complex characters, events and mystery that will captivate every reader. The opportunities for in-depth inquiry both through conversation and writing are limitless. Through writing the students will develop and enhance their writing and language skills.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Kerri Caudill
Close Reading Exemplar: Living Like Weasels (Grades 11-12)
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By reading and rereading the passage closely and focusing their reading through ...

By reading and rereading the passage closely and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will be equipped to unpack Dillard's essay. When combined with writing about the passage, students will learn to appreciate how Dillard's writing contains a deeper message and derive satisfaction from the struggle to master complex text. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students. Additional teacher background material: http://teachers.sduhsd.k12.ca.us/lcaston/documents/WeaselsEssayAnal.pdf

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Modeling Particles of Matter
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This is the first instructional sequence in a teacher's guide built with ...

This is the first instructional sequence in a teacher's guide built with the purpose of helping students build a deeper understanding of the Structures and Properties of Matter standard.Students have the opportunity to engage with interactive simulations, create poetry, drawing scientific diagrams, read complex text, develop evidence based explanations and design a model . The instructional sequence described in the lesson uses the 5 E learning model and includes a variety of online simulations, polls and model drawings.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Lifetime Learning
Provider Set:
NGSS@NSTA
Close Reading Exemplar: The Glorious Whitewasher (Grade 7)
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The goal of this exemplar is to reinforce the skills students have ...

The goal of this exemplar is to reinforce the skills students have acquired regarding how to extend their understanding and interaction with multiple texts when investigating a set of focused historical themes. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: The Making of a Scientist (Grade 6)
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The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give ...

The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits theyve been practicing on a regular basis to absorb deep lessons from Richard Feynmans recollections of interactions with his father. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will identify how and why Feynman started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. When combined with writing about the passage, students will discover how much they can learn from a memoir. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: The Making of a Scientist (Grade 6)
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The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give ...

The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits theyve been practicing on a regular basis to absorb deep lessons from Richard Feynmans recollections of interactions with his father. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will identify how and why Feynman started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. When combined with writing about the passage, students will discover how much they can learn from a memoir. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: The Great Fire (Grade 6)
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By reading and rereading the passage closely combined with classroom discussion about ...

By reading and rereading the passage closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the historical truths related to poverty, city construction, and city services that led to the disaster. In this reading, students learn about historical disasters, but they may not fully comprehend causes or how human actions, nature, or even luck contributed to them, rendering history a flat subject to be memorized rather than explored. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will better understand the dangers inherent in cities and the government role in mitigating that danger. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Farewell to Manzanar and Unbroken (Grade 7)
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As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual ...

As students will have previous exposure to the historical themes and factual information about the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the United States involvement in WWII, and the internment of Japanese in camps throughout the western United States, this lesson exemplar will allow students to participate in critical discussion of two stories that illuminate important, yet divergent, experiences of war and conflict. This lesson exemplar will push students to think critically about the experience of wartime as felt by both soldiers and civilians as they navigated specific trials that were a part of their direct or peripheral involvement in WWII. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Reading Informational Text
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY
Close Reading Exemplar: Gettysburg Address (Grades 9-10)
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This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors ...

This exemplar has been developed to guide high school students and instructors in a close reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Lincoln's speech through a series of text dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core State Standards. This unit can be broken down into three sections of instruction and reflection on the part of students and their teachers, which is followed by additional activities, some designed for history/social studies and some for ELA classrooms.his close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
New York State Education Department
Provider Set:
EngageNY