Lesson Plan

Reading the Classics Supported by an e-Reader and Audio

Foster Comprehension of Classic Literature by Tying in Contemporary Resources
Jamie S.
Technology coordinator
Madera Unified School District
Madera, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to read complex literture and achieve a deeper understanding of the text by using Subtext, iTunes University and contemporary music or articles to connect themes and perspectives.

English Language Arts
forming arguments
reading fluency
reading comprehension
text analysis
using supporting evidence
English-Language Learning
reading comprehension
reading fluency
cultural understanding
Social Studies
cultural understanding
historical figures
Grades 4 – 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Before Reading

I select the literature that I want to read with my class and add it to my Subtext library. Students will join your class with a code generated when you create your class. Please note that Subtext and iTune U should be installed on student iPads. 

Subtext and Lit2Go both have a wealth of grade level appropriate classics available for free. In general your class will read the text on Subtext, you will find the audio book on Lit2Go or iTunes U and either provide a link for your students to download the audio book or you will play the aduio book aloud on iTunes U, the audio book models fluent reading of the text.

The real beauty of Subtext is that students can touch any word in the text and see a definition. Students can highlight a phrase and search the web to gain greater understanding of an event or topic. Students can highlight text to refer back to for clarification or annotation. Teachers can embed discussion questions and quick quizzes throughout the text. 


2 Getting Ready to Read

I start with some contemporary related news article or song lyrics to connect kids to the text. Subtext has a Web tool that allows teachers to save any web page to their Subtext library and share with their class. In text disucussions and, polls and brief quizzes work with these converted web files


3 Reading

Prior to reading, teachers will need to add questions and discussions to the appropriate pages in their Subtext book. Depending on students reading levels and abilities, teachers can ask students to read independently, listen to the audio file in iTunes while reading in small groups or as a whole class. Questions, quizzes and polls can be added throughout the text to support student comprehension and vocabulary development.