Author:
Katie Schneider
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Tags:
NE ELA, NonFiction, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary
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Language:
English
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Education Standards

9th ELA: Nonfiction Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary

9th ELA: Nonfiction Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary

Overview

This English Language Arts lesson for 9th or 10th graders focuses on reading comprehension and vocabulary via nonfiction articles linked from commonlit.org, and addresses the following NE state standards: NE.LA 10.1.5.A; NE.LA 10.1.5.C; NE.LA 10.1.6.A; NE.LA 10.2.2.B

The lesson will take approximately 90 minutes.

Choosing an Article

STEP ONE: Below are four nonfiction articles for you to choose from. Select an article that sounds interesting to you. You will use the article that you select for the rest of this assignment:

OPTION ONE ("Want to Get into College? Learn to Fail")

OPTION TWO ("Adolescence and the Teenage Crush")

OPTION THREE ("Nice Kids Finish FIrst: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success")

OPTION FOUR ("Students' Work Ethic Affected by Peer Groups, Desire to be Popular")

Reading & Unfamiliar Vocabulary

STEP TWO: Students should be given ample time to read through their selected articles. As they read, students should highlight any unfamiliar words. Students should either close read or read more than once

List the unfamiliar words in the chart below. Along with the word, write in what you think the word means. After you've recorded all of the unfamiliar words in the article, look up each of those words in the dictionary and write the definition in the labeled section. 

UNFAMILIAR WORD:WHAT I THINK THIS WORD MEANS:DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF THIS WORD:
   
   
   
   
   

 

Finding the Thesis

STEP THREE: First, tell me (in one or two sentences) what you believe to be the main idea of the article. What is this article trying to say? Next, find the thesis of the article and paste the thesis into the box below. 

THE MAIN IDEA (IN YOUR OWN WORDS):THE AUTHOR'S THESIS STATEMENT:

 

 

 

 

 

Author's Purpose

STEP FOUR: Locate the strategies and/or techniques that the author uses to clearly communicate the main idea/majoy points of the article. Make sure to include the name of the technique (some examples: comparisons, statistics, rhetorical questions, directly tasking the reader, etc). How is the author making the point clear? 

Write the strategy or technique used in the chart, then copy and paste the piece from the article where this technique is used, and finally explain why you believe that the author is using this strategy/technique (what does it do?)

STRATEGY/TECHNIQUE:EXAMPLE FROM TEXT (QUOTE):PURPOSE OF THIS STRATEGY:

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

Real Word Connections

STEP FIVE: In paragraph form, explain how the article that you chose connects to your own life. What did you think was the most important thing in the article? How does the main idea apply to you and/or your peers?