Let’s Read an Article


ELAR-Grade-4 Non-fiction Texts Let’s Read an Article
Students prepare to read and comprehend nonfiction writing. They generate questions and make predictions in advance, so they know what to look for to deepen their understanding of the content. Then they read and correct or confirm those predictions using a structured approach.

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Overview

In this experience, students prepare to read and comprehend nonfiction writing. They generate questions and make predictions in advance, so they know what to look for to deepen their understanding of the content. Then they read and correct or confirm those predictions using a structured approach.

Objectives

  • Examine the features of a nonfiction text before reading it.
  • Ask questions and make predictions about text before reading it.
  • Ask questions and confirm predictions while reading.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Words Used in the Article

  • glacier: slowly moving mound of ice
  • volcano: mountain or hill with crater that releases ash and lava
  • vent: releases
  • plume: cloud of gas or smoke
  • lava: hot, semi-fluid rock
  • Arctic Circle: Northern region of Earth
  • Gulf Stream: warm and swift Atlantic ocean current
  • sparsely: small numbers, not very full


Sometimes reading is a casual activity. You may click through to a digital story that interests you, flip through a magazine, or pick up a book to read for fun. When reading for entertainment, you might learn some new vocabulary. You’ll probably pick up some ideas through the characters and themes. But these are not your primary goals; you are simply reading for enjoyment. When you read for school, though, it’s a different story.

When you read material assigned for school, you read to learn. You read to gather information. You read actively, with a plan to answer questions or maybe even complete an assignment. In this experience, you will learn how to approach this material.

Objectives

  • Examine the features of a nonfiction text before reading it.
  • Ask questions and make predictions about text before reading it.
  • Ask questions and confirm predictions while reading.


girl reading a book

Reading for school requires a different kind of attention than reading for fun. What do you do to get ready to read a school assignment?

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Students will learn some of the following prereading steps in this experience:

  • Get comfortable.
  • Set aside sufficient time.
  • Have a dictionary and/or Internet device available to look up unfamiliar words.
  • Prepare to seek out more information to explain confusing or interesting elements.
  • Consider the reason the assignment was made.
  • Think about the title.
  • Skim through the text.
  • Review illustrations and standout text elements, such as chapter titles, headings and subheadings, charts, and graphs.
  • Ask someone who has read the material what to look for.
  • Develop questions to keep in mind while reading.
  • Make predictions about what will be in the material.
  • Understand what the teacher wants you to learn and do after reading.


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