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    Planning a Draft

    • Resource ID: TXLS032-0
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will employ critical thinking skills to order details logically and become more effective at communicating their ideas to readers. The lesson will guide students to use critical thinking in the planning phase of drafting to purposefully include details that interest readers.

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    How Authors Develop Complex Yet Believable Characters in Drama by Contrasting Characters

    • Resource ID: TXLS003
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The students will identify characteristics of characters from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, explain why the characters are foils to each other, and use text evidence to support their understanding.

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    Main Idea

    • Resource ID: TXLS009
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will identify supporting details and the main idea in a passage.

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    Outlining Our Memory

    • Resource ID: TXLS058
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will compare a silly short story to a detailed story from a previous lesson. Then, they will write a rough draft/outline about a memory using details and transition words.

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    • Resource ID: TXLS013-0
    • Grade Range: K
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The teacher will model how to recognize rhyming words by hearing them, seeing them, reading them, and writing them. Then the students will practice hearing, seeing, reading, and writing “at” word family words.

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    Text Evidence and the Moral Lesson

    • Resource ID: TXLS123
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Teacher will read How Spiders Got Eight Legs as a read-aloud. Students will write notes about what they think the moral is. Students will collaborate in groups to determine what they think the moral lesson is. Students will reread, highlight, and write the text evidence that identifies the moral lesson.

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    Navigating Informational Text with Text Mapping

    • Resource ID: TXLS051
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will apply the comprehension strategy of text mapping by using a scroll to sequence and organize information. They also will describe the order of events using time order transition words.

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    Summarization Routine

    • Resource ID: TXLS124
    • Grade Range: 7
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Teacher will teach the routine of summarization by modeling with a short passage. The teacher will then have students practice in partners and have students share. Next, students will try writing a summary of their own. Students will use the rubric created by the teacher to make sure they have met the requirements of a well-written summary.

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    My Version of the Three Little Pigs

    • Resource ID: TXLS157
    • Grade Range: K
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will create their own version of "The Three Little Pigs" using story elements on a Beginning, Middle, End (BME) story map. First, students will draft their story map with detailed pictures in sequential order, and then go back and add their words later. Once their story is completed, students will be able to retell their story to peers and their teacher.

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    The Adventures of Trixie and Knuffle Bunny

    • Resource ID: TXLS163
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will compare and contrast Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too by utilizing various types of Venn Diagrams to analyze different literary elements.

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    Making an Inference

    • Resource ID: TXLS149
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The class will review previous  learning about how authors describe characters using speech, thoughts, effects on others, actions, looks (STEAL). Students will make annotations on an excerpt using the STEAL strategy. We will talk them through making a guided inference. Students will complete a short-answer response on chart paper with evidence and inference for the focus question.

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    Santa Timeline Breakout

    • Resource ID: TXLS078
    • Grade Range: 8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students collaborate and use critical thinking to analyze resources from informational texts of various disciplines and unlock a breakout box. Once the box is unlocked, students receive a final text to summarize.

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    Super Sleuths SIP on Vocabulary: Using Sentences, Illustrations, and Prefixes/Suffixes to Make Meaning

    • Resource ID: TXLS109
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will learn strategies to find the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary words using the acronym SIP (sentence, illustration, prefixes/suffixes).

  14. Author’s Purpose, Text Features, Informational Text, and Daily Three

    • Resource ID: TXLS193
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will follow the Daily Three structure to engage in mini-lessons regarding author’s purpose, text features, guided reading, work on writing, read to self, and word work. The students will also infer the author’s purpose for writing a book using a book order form.

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    Revising Sentences

    • Resource ID: TXLS013A-0
    • Grade Range: K
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will revise a simple sentence by copying it on a series of sticky notes and adding new words using glitter pens and star-shaped sticky notes















































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    Adventures in Inferring

    • Resource ID: TXLS002-0
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will infer the message the author is trying to convey using schema and evidence from the text. Readers use this strategy, known as making inferences, to think about what they are reading.








       Students progress from a surface-level understanding of text to a deeper understanding by processing and expressing details and examples to support their understanding of observations through background knowledge and textual evidence.




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    Inferring Through Imagery and Figurative Language

    • Resource ID: TXLS150
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students rotate to four posters which contain a single stanza from a common poem ("Digging" by Seamus Heaney ), marking key literary elements (imagery, diction, figurative language) before rotating to explain the connotation of the words and phrases selected by the previous group. After text marking, students regroup to discuss the inferential connections between literary terms and their connotative meaning to theorize thematic meaning within the poem.

  18. Explore Revising and Editing with some Classroom Adventure

    • Resource ID: TXLS112
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    While “scooting” from one example to another, students will explore sentences in order to determine what end punctuation is necessary and why. Students will also collaborate to explore sentences in order to identify what edits are necessary and why.

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    A Lesson in Kindness and Thematic Complexity

    • Resource ID: TXLS162
    • Grade Range: 12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students explore their internal definition of kindness, using visual and textual evidence to collaboratively expand that definition, perform a close reading of a poem. Students then use internal text to express the author’s complex and subtle thematic message.

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    Traditional vs. Contemporary: "The Three Little Pigs"

    • Resource ID: TXLS007-0
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will compare a contemporary version of "The Three Little Pigs" to a traditional version with respect to characters, setting, and plot. In a small group, students will analyze story elements on a t-chart to determine which parts of the stories are the same and which are different.