1. Summarizing as a Reading Strategy

    • Resource ID: TXLS104
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students work collaboratively using reading and comprehension skills to demonstrate their mastery of summarizing a text or piece of literature. 

  2. Being a Reading Detective

    • Resource ID: TXLS036
    • Grade Range: 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will infer, make predictions, and draw conclusions based on evidence in the text to figure out what an author is not saying directly.

  3. Reading Between the Lines

    • Resource ID: TXLS068
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    In this lesson, students will expand their critical thinking skills by making inferences found in a short film and listening to a literary fictional text on tablets. Working collaboratively in groups, students will create anchor charts to demonstrate their understanding of making inferences and present their detailed anchor charts to their classmates.        

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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.

  5. The Characteristics of the Mystery Letter "H"

    • Resource ID: TXLS063
    • Grade Range: K
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will identify and apply characteristics of an alphabetical letter (mystery letter Hh) through various hands-on activities and cooperative group work.

  6. Inferring with Dr. Seuss

    • Resource ID: TXLS025B
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will work collaboratively in groups as they practice their inferring skills using children’s literature books.

  7. 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.

  8. What's in a Name?

    • Resource ID: TXLS087A
    • Grade Range: 4
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will participate in hands-on activities to extend their knowledge of the parts of speech.

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    Revision Stations

    • Resource ID: TXLS022A
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This lesson is designed to isolate and develop specific skills in use of language, organization, and idea development in order to help students become better writers. Students will work through six different stations to practice each writing skill and then go back into their own writing to make revisions.

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    Zoom Out: Overlapping Context Clues and Semantic Gradients Through Manipulating Context

    • Resource ID: TXLS016
    • Grade Range: 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This lesson will scaffold students into the reading strategy of finding textual evidence. They will be able to “zoom out,” or read before and after the unknown word, to construct meaning using context.

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    Traditional vs. Contemporary: "The Three Little Pigs"

    • Resource ID: TXLS007
    • 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.

  12. Writing Summaries with Get the Gist

    • Resource ID: TXLS141
    • Grade Range: 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This lesson teaches students to use the Get the Gist strategy to find the main idea of a section. Students will then put those Get the Gist statements together to begin a written summary of their text.

  13. Rolling into Compound Sentences

    • Resource ID: TXLS138
    • Grade Range: 4
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will create compound sentences from simple sentences.

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    A Reader’s Survival Guide: Connecting and Synthesizing Ideas in Nonfiction Texts

    • Resource ID: TXLS024
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This lesson is designed to teach students to synthesize and make connections between ideas within a text and with previous texts students have read.

  15. 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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    Rhyming

    • Resource ID: TXLS013
    • 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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    Unit and Lesson Goals

    Students will discover the benefits of rhyming and how it promotes reading skills.

    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Related to the Unit

    This unit connects to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) by fostering a continuance in the area of phonological awareness as begun in previous lessons and introducing the exploration of nursery rhymes, poetry, and lullabies through literature and language play.

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  17. Did You Get the "Text" Message?

    • Resource ID: TXLS079
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will work independently and collaboratively to recognize the theme within a variety of texts. Students will create theme topics and theme statements from texts read.

  18. Consonant Blends

    • Resource ID: TXLS074
    • Grade Range: 1
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will focus on initial blends using multiple opportunities for multisensory responses to recognize, sort, and blend sounds.

  19. Sticky Note Summarizing

    • Resource ID: TXLS120
    • Grade Range: 5
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will determine the important parts of a story and recognize and compose an individual summary by using color-coordinated sticky notes and the Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then (SWBST) strategy. Students will practice correctly identifying the parts of the SWBST strategy during a read-aloud. Students will work in groups and read a short story together, identify key components, and compose a written summary. Students will demonstrate their ability to recognize a good summary by writing two components of summarization on an exit ticket.

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    Context Clues Are Out of This World!: Using Inference and Sentence-Level Context to Teach Unfamiliar Word Meanings

    • Resource ID: TXLS015
    • Grade Range: 3
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    The teacher will introduce context clues using visuals by reading the book Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Then, students will use textual evidence to find the meaning of unfamiliar words via direct teach and group collaboration.