After reading "Cougars" by Patricia Corrigan in Houghton Mifflin Journeys, I had my students use the following activities.
1. Main Idea Sort - The students sorted three of the main ideas from the text, including supporting details. They created a tree map with this information. In order to prepare my students for FSA Writing Tasks, I had them identify the controlling statement (the main idea of the whole).
2. Summary - After having my students identify the main ideas of the text, I then had them write summaries for the nonfiction text.
3. Writing Task - The final activity I had my students complete was the writing task, where they wrote a full essay using information from the text. Due to this text being used earlier in the year, I only had them use one source and I modeled a majority of the writing for them.
LAFS.5.RI.1.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
LAFS.5.RI.1.2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
LAFS.5.W.1.2b: Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
LAFS.5.W.2.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
LAFS.5.W.3.8: Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
LAFS.5.W.3.9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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