CHS Reading Resources

The goal of lessons gathered under this group title is to provide lessons which can be used to teach reading strategies for any subject/text. The lessons chosen have been reviewed and edited by highly qualified teachers within CHS.
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Inquiry-Based Teaching: Discussing Non-Fiction

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This 6-minute video looks at inquiry based discussion based on primary historical sources. History teacher, Mr. Barlowe demonstrates the inquiry method of teaching that emphasizes students ideas. He uses open-ended questions to facilitate student debate and to facilitate the unpacking of the meaning of the primary source texts. His goal is to teach his students to use evidence from the text to back their ideas and to foster desirable reading and writing habits.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Literacy in Science: Word Clouds

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8th Grade Science teacher Peter Hill from King Middle School in Maine shares a quick strategy tool and strategy he refers to as "word cloud". The "word cloud" is generated by a computer program that takes words from an article and generates a "cloud" with different sizes of words with the size emphasizing the frequency of the word. Mr. Hill uses this as a quick pre-reading activity to increase curiosity and engagement and to have students anticipate what the article or essay is about and what the main idea is. Teachers might also consider a twist to this idea and have student groups create their own word cloud after reading a selected text.11

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Inquiry-Based Teaching: Asking Effective Questions

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Sheila Kosoff joins fellow teachers, Adam Grumbach, Avram Barlowe and Terry Weber to reflect upon class discussion around a given text and how questioning facilitates a rigorous discussion. Avram talks about the importance of asking open-ended questions that invite multiple interpretations. Terry adds that effective questions sometimes allow students to explore the meaning of different words and notes that Sheila's comments encourage students to consider these multiple meanings. The group discusses how they determine whether or not they let students discover things themselves or draw their attention to specific ideas and consider how effective questioning helps students develop papers because they are better able to engage with the text. Out of this discussion, three components of effective questions are identified: askiing open-ended questions, inviting different interpretations and using questions to focus the debate.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Preparing For Close Reading With Students

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This 30 minute video features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) on the first 20 paragraphs of Martin Luther King Jr.‰'s ‰"Letter from Birmingham Jail.‰" This conversation represents one of the ways a group of educators might prepare for close reading of text with students. This behind-the-scenes discourse represents the kind of dialogue teachers can have as they build their own fluency and familiarity with a text before diving into it with students. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: Why are conversations like these important? What role can adult discussions of text play in teacher prep? Participants might also continue the conversation King, Coleman, and Gerson are having by picking up where they left off and engaging deeply around paragraphs 21-30. What happens next in the text? What is King ‰"up to‰" for those paragraphs?

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

SOAPSTone Analysis

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In this lesson students use a simple SOAPSTone form (College Board resource) to analyze six aspects of informational texts: subject, occasion, audience, purpose, speaker, and tone.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Venn Diagram

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This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

What Does Text Complexity Mean for English Learners and Language Minority Students?

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This paper addresses the implications, for ELLs, of the new standard's requirement that students be able to read and understand complex, informationally dense texts. The authors discuss the types of supports that learners need in order to work with complex texts. They also provide a sample of what academic discourse involves, using an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. They demonstrate how English learners can be provided with strategies for accessing complex texts, such as closely examining one sentence at a time. The authors argue that instruction must go beyond vocabulary and should begin with an examination of our beliefs about language, literacy and learning.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Charles j. Fillmore, Lily Wong Fillmore

Written Document Analysis Worksheet

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The following document analysis worksheet was designed and developed by the Education Staff of the National Archives and Records Administration. You may find this worksheet useful as you introduce students to written documents.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Primary Source, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Got Text Complexity? Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts

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This bibliography was developed to highlight some of the outstanding trade books published for older children and teens that can be used for the text complexity component of the CCS in grades 6-12.* All of the books have been selected based on their literary quality and other components of qualitative evaluation. Many of the books offer sophisticated narrative structures and other characteristics factored into quantitative evaluation. And the list as a whole offers a wide variety of books reflecting diversity of subject matter and style, allowing for a range of choices in matching reader to text and task.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren

Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations

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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.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Graphic Map

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The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Primary Source Exemplar: Progress, Conflict, and Outcomes

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This unit is centered around an anchor text that may be common among content area teachers in a high school setting. Although this unit may be incorporated into any high-school English class, it is aligned with Common Core standards for 9-10. This unit will primarily focus on informational and argumentative texts, and can be used to incorporate more informational texts (as directed by the Common Core) into English classrooms at the high school level. This unit is best suited to a collaborative model of development in which ELA and content area teachers share an anchor text (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and communicate about how to connect diverse skills to common texts and essential questions.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Erik Iwersen

Socratic Seminar: Supporting Claims and Counterclaims

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High school students work in teams to develop claims and anticipate counter-claims given topics about governmental control and oppression related to their reading of Persepolis.Prior to the debate, students discuss their claims and evidence supporting these claims within their teams and also anticipate counter-claims. Each team member takes notes and prepares to either debate for their team or document interesting arguments that occur during the spoken debate. Ensuring participation by all students during this time is critical.The debate begins with one representative from each team who presents their argument to the group. Teams are required to tap out representatives at least once and points are awarded for such things as presenting unique ideas, participation by all group members, and using evidence to support claims. After the debate, students return to their teams to reflect on the process and the content of the seminar.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Literary Analysis Through Interactive Stations

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12th Grade ELA Teacher Daniel Wallace teaches a lesson on how a single idea in a text develops over time as the story unfolds. He explains that this is a concept with which students often struggle so he uses Interactive Stations to provide scaffolding. Working in small groups, students rotate through interactive stations such as the Wall of Silence in which they have a Ňwritten conversationÓ and the Power Tableau in which they experience a given idea both physically and emotionally.Each station takes approximately 5 minutes and provides a balance of written, verbal, physical, and emotional activities.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy