School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 6

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 1.0 General Reading Processes

Topic E. General Reading Comprehension

Indicator 2. Use strategies to prepare for reading (before reading)

Objective b. Set a purpose for reading the text

Seed

To ensure that students understand the procedure for setting a purpose for reading, the teacher should model the steps for purpose setting. First, the teacher should select an age-appropriate text and then show students how to preview the text making sure that students understand what information is learned from the preview. Once the preview is complete, the teacher should repeat the learned information and explain, how based upon the information, a purpose can be determined. Next, students should practice the same procedure with a different text and determine a purpose for reading the new text.

Seed

The teacher should present each student with a copy of an age-appropriate text and guide him or her through a preview of its contents. Once the preview is complete, the teacher should share 3 different purposes for reading the text and discuss with students which purpose is most likely to be helpful based upon the preview of the text.

Seed

The teacher should present each student with a copy of an age-appropriate text and guide him or her through a preview of its contents. Once the preview is complete, students should be placed in small groups. Each group will be given a series of purposes for reading the text; some purposes will be very general and other purposes will be very specific. Students should read all the purposes and discuss the pluses and minuses of general versus specific purposes. The teacher should monitor the discussions of all groups.

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