Comprehension- Deconstructing Texts Activity: What's the Idea?

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Middle School and High School students need to learn how to deconstruct complicated texts so that they can understand them, and, subsequently, the whole piece.

In this activity, students will select a passage that they find difficult to understand.

Teachers will divide the students into groups of four; each person will share his/her confusing passage with the other three group members. The students will read and revise their group members' passages for clarity.

When their original papers are returned, they will choose the revision that they feel best clarifies the passage, and will discuss, in writing, how/why the revision accomplishes this. Finally they will analyze the meaning of the original passage and explain its importance to the whole piece.

Teachers can use this activity again and again to check the development of their students’ comprehension as well as how they utilize their higher level thinking skills orally and in writing.

“What’s the Idea?” reduces students’ fear factor when they read challenging fiction and non-fiction. This activity is aligned with Common Core Standards and Bloom’s Taxonomy, and includes a detailed “Teachers’ Notes” page.

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Comprehension- Deconstructing Texts Activity: What's the Idea?
Comprehension- Deconstructing Texts Activity: What's the Idea?
Comprehension- Deconstructing Texts Activity: What's the Idea?