Lesson Plan

Rachel's Journal: The Story of a Pioneer Girl

Journeys Lesson 24 Anchor Text, Comprehension and Vocabulary
Johanna O.
Classroom teacher
Central Elementary Kearney, Nebraska
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...read and respond to a grade level text. Students will be able to accurately identify cause and effect relationships, examples of figurative language, and point of view. Students will be able to correctly select the meaning of the lesson's vocabulary words through the use of context clues and prior knowledge.

Subjects
English Language Arts
reading fluency
reading
reading comprehension
text analysis
using supporting evidence
vocabulary
Grades 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Anchor Text

Teacher will ask students to read through the anchor text found on page 724, stopping and responding to the Analyze the Text questions and initial Essential question in their reading journal to check comprehension and level of understanding skills. Teacher will float around monitoring focus, pace, and answering individual questions as needed. 

Student Instructions

Teacher will ask students to read through the anchor text found on page 724, stopping and responding to the Analyze the Text questions and initial Essential question in their reading journal to check comprehension and level of understanding skills. 

2 Comprehension and Vocabulary Assessment

Have students login to their Think Central accounts and access the Things to Do to locate their assessment. The quiz is a 20 multiple choice quiz with a TDA (text dependent analysis) essay response at the end. Students should refer to the anchor text to assist them. Students should use the RACES graphic organizer to complete the TDA essay question. 

Student Instructions

Students will be instructed to login to their personal Think Central accounts and access the quiz over the anchor text and vocabulary in the Things to Do section. Instruct them to use the anchor text to prove their answers on the quiz, and a RACES graphic organizer when working on the TDA essay question. 

3 Early Finishers

Students will read the paired text Westward to Freedom on page 740. After students have read the text, they will complete the Compare Texts activities on page 743. This is for early finishers to continue to practice the skills and strategies of the week. You may pair them if there is an opportunity to do so. They will be able to discuss what they are reading and hear other ideas this way. 

Student Instructions

Students will read the paired text Westward to Freedom on page 740. After students have read the text, they will complete the Compare Texts activities on page 743.

4 Closure

Activity: Conversing

To wrap up and end the lesson, ask the essential question to the class. "Why would a pioneer traveler record events in a journal?" Ask students to discuss their responses and reasoning with a shoulder or table partner.

Student Instructions

Ask, "Why would a pioneer traveler record events in a journal?" Have students pair and discuss their responses and reasoning.