1. 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.

  2. 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.        

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Rolling into Compound Sentences

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

    Students will create compound sentences from simple sentences.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Adventures in Inferring

    • Resource ID: TXLS002
    • 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Sparking Curiosity and Wonder: Making Complex Inferences

    • Resource ID: TXLS022
    • Grade Range: 9
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will learn how to activate their curiosity and use questioning strategies to make complex inferences and connections across texts.

  17. Main Idea

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Super Sequencing Strategies

    • Resource ID: TXLS049
    • Grade Range: 2
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Students will explore the informational text structure of sequencing in multiple contexts, as a reader and a writer, in order to improve their comprehension of informational text and their ability to analyze the author’s purpose. They will make connections between sequencing and events in their everyday life and use pictures and time order words to write their own informational text using sequencing.