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The author created a lesson in which students successfully practiced reading comprehension skills while developing an understanding of earthquakes.
The author noted her students had a problem identifying ideas in informational texts and with the help of a reading teacher came up with a very effective lesson! She explains quite clearly how the lesson was set up so that students could feel ownership and interest in reading the materials. I have done similar lessons, and students like the opportunity to not only share with others, but, as in this lesson. to question claims and defend them with evidence from their own readings. Great lesson and easily modified for different topics.
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)
Are your students struggling to read the text? The author provides a template for how to break down complex topics for clearer understanding. Graphic organizers tips for differentiating for reading ability will help you to assist your students as they master informational text. Although the author uses earthquakes as the topic, the ideas presented in this article could be modified for any discipline.
Patricia (Pottstown, PA)
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