Lesson Plan

Current Event Reading Comprehension

Develop student reading comprehension of non-fiction and speaking and listening skills
Julia B.
Special education instructor
Ridge High School
Basking Ridge, NJ
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to  read a current event from The Learning Network while annotating for the 5W's and 1H,  answer comprehension questions,  share and discuss the article with a partner

Subjects
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Based upon student needs, interests, and abilities select 3-5 current events from the Student Opinion section of the website The Learning Network. Reformat the text as needed and choose and modify discussion questions that are  located at the end of the article

1. Do Now: (written on the board): Read the title of the five articles the article that interests you the most. 2. Skim and highlight 3-5 vocabulary words you are not familiar with.

Student Instructions

Do Now: (written on the board):

1. Read the title of the five articles the article that interests you the most.  2. Skim and highlight 3-5 vocabulary words you are not familiar with.

2 GUIDED PRACTICE

Once students have highlighted vocabulary words they are unfamiliar with ask them to use a SMART device to look up and define the word in the margins of the article.

Monitor students progress and provide assistance as needed

Student Instructions

Use your SMART device and use Dictionary-Merriam-Webster to look up and define the vocabulary words in the margin of your selected current event. 

3 GUIDED PRACTICE

Activity: Reading

Tell students to read the current event to themselves while annotating for the 5w's and 1 H. Give students five different colors pencils, crayons, or markers to annotate for each.

Monitor and provide feedback

Student Instructions

Read the current event to yourself whilee annotating for the 5w's and 1H using five different colors

4 GUIDED PRACTICE

Activity: Assessing

Once students have finished ask them to answer the comprehension questions at the end of the article in compete sentence

Student Instructions

When you are finished reading and annotating answer the questions at the bottom of the article in complete sentences.

5 GUIDED PRACTICE

Activity: Presenting

Once students have finished answering questions ask them to get with someone who has read the same article and share their answers to the comprehension questions

Student Instructions

Find someone who has read the same article as you. Share your answers. How are they the same? How are they different?

6 WRAP-UP :

Activity: Assessing

Wrap up the activity by asking students to volunteer and share their article with the class. Ask the audience to ask the presenter questions. 

Student Instructions

Raise your hand and volunteer to come up in front of the class and share what your article was about.  If you are in the audience you may ask the presenter questions about the article.