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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

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 4. Analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective h. Explain the implications of the text or how someone might use the text


Have students work with a partner. Provide each pair of students with an informational text. Have the partners read the text. Give each pair of students a packet of index cards on which are written potential readers of the text. Have students select multiple readers as appropriate for the text and present them to the class explaining their choices.


Provide each student in the classroom with a newspaper. Each student will be provided with a class list. Students will be asked to consider the interests of their friends in the classroom and their teacher. Beside the student and teacher names each student will list the name of the article/articles that he/she feels would appeal to that individual. After working with the newspaper for a period of time, students and teacher will be paired and will verbally suggest an article to his or her partner based upon knowledge of that person and the article. Prior to the reading students and teachers could browse through the newspaper and identify articles that they personally would be interested in reading.


Provide small groups of students with two informational texts on the same topic. Students will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the authors of these two selections. From previous instruction students will be directed to consider such things as the author's personalities, their backgrounds and experiences, and their attitudes. Students will discuss how different authors view the same topic and, they will then generate a list of details that they would consider musts to include if they were to write an article on the same topic.


The teacher will place students in small groups. Each group member will read an assigned informational text. Next each group must compile a list of at least six different types of people based on their jobs or interests who would potentially read this article. Then students must decide the use each person would make of the article. Each group will share their decisions with the remainder of the class.