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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 2

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

Lesson Seeds: The lesson seeds are ideas for the indicator/objective that can be used to build a lesson. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.

Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective a. State whether the text fulfills the reading purpose


Select several texts about an identified topic meeting the range of readers in your class. Begin by explaining that when we read for information we usually have a specific purpose in mind. All materials written about a topic might not suit our purpose or answer the questions that we have about a topic. Show the students one of the texts chosen about the topic you have selected. For example, Let's Look After Our World by Diana Noonan and Keith Olsen, may be selected about the topic recycling. Pose the scenario that a second grade student was going to do a report on recycling for his science class. The organizer below shows the three questions that he wanted to answer in his report:

Questions Book #1 Book #2 Book #3 Book #4
What is recycling?
Why is recycling important?
How can kids help?

Preview the book by looking at the cover and title. Tell the students that based on the cover illustration and title, this book looks like it might have information to answer the questions for this second grader's report. Read the table of contents. The table of contents shows that one of the questions will probably be answered on page 6 because the title is the same as the first question. The section titled "More Ways to Help" might have information to answer the third question. Preview the text and notice from the titles and illustrations that some of the questions may be answered throughout the text. Conduct a shared reading of the text using a document camera to project it. After reading the text, explain to the students that this would be a good text for the second grader to use for his report because it gives answers to all of the questions. (Write yes in each row under the Book #1 column to show that each question was answered as you do this step.) Explain that when we write reports we want to use more than one book or website to get our information. Show a second book. In this example, you could use the text What Happens When You Recycle? by Katie Sharp. Project the book using the document camera. Preview the text using the same procedure above but this time invite the students into the process through discussion and every pupil response. Ask students to determine if, based on their preview, they think this would be a good book for our second grader to use to gather more information for his report. Conduct a shared reading of the text and then come back to the chart and ask students if each question was answered in the text. Have student pairs determine if they think the fictional second grader should use this book for his report. Have students share their responses using text support.


In small groups continue the discussion by providing individual copies of topic related leveled text. The central question will remain, should our second grader choose this text to gather information for his report. A list of possible leveled texts related to this topic can be found on the chart below:

Text Level Publisher
Recycle! B Houghton Mifflin (Leveled Reader Science)
Let's Recycle C Lerner Publishing (Conservation)
Recycle It! G Newbridge (Discovery Links)
Reuse and Recycle I Harcourt School Publishers (Instant Readers)
We Can Recycle I Houghton Mifflin (Independent Readers Science)
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle K Benchmark Education (Early Connections)
You Can Recycle! K Rigby (Focus)
Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce K Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt (Vocabulary Readers)
Recycled Tires U Norwood House Press (A Great Idea)