Group Size: Any

Time Required: 60 - 90 minutes

Learning Objective: Students will be able to code the text 


Student Worksheet (attached)
Sticky Notes for coding the text

Do Now: (Add a Do Now to the Student Worksheet so that students (S) have something to complete upon entering the room. I like to use this opportunity to spiral skills from prior lessons or to ask students to journal about a life experience that might help them to make a connection with today's lesson.)

Connection: Tomorrow you will complete your unit assessment for the Great Depression unit.  On the assessment, you will be asked to determine important information by identifying central ideas and supporting details, make predictions about a reading passage, and summarize a reading passage.

Direct Instruction / Guided Practice:  Today we will briefly review three of three of the most important strategies on tomorrow's test -- summarizing, making predictions and determining importance.

(T will facilitate student review of these concepts, then direct S to work with their table partners through coding and summarizing the excerpt of What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows, on the student worksheet.  T will then facilitate a whole-class share out of their predictions, important information and summaries.)

Link: Now it's your turn. As you read today, what will you be doing? (Have a student share out the "Links" section of his/her worksheet.)


Independent Practice: (S will read silently and code the text.

Since all S should have selected literature circle novels and scheduled meetings with their literature circle groups for this week, small groups of students may be holding their meetings at this time.

T will either hold individual conferences with students to monitor progress and to support individual goal-setting or pull small groups for guided reading / other interventions.)

Share: Our time for today is up. Please feel free to turn to your partner or take a short walk to your literature circle group and share your work for today.

Closing: Be sure to study tonight in preparation for tomorrow's assessment!


Pair/Share during Introduction to New Material / Guided Practice
Literature circle novels are differentiated by reading level and by choice
Opportunity for small-group work at the conclusion of Introduction to New Material/Guided Practice 
Active reading strategy: coding the text
One-on-one Reader's Workshop conference to support individual students and to encourage individual goal-setting

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