Critical Thinking / Evaluating (Reading Comprehension Strategy Lesson)

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5th - 10th, Homeschool
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152 slides, 12 pages of handouts, 34 pages of lesson plans
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Teach students CRITICAL THINKING strategies to help students EVALUATE ideas when reading. Includes YouTube VIDEO LESSON

Distance Learning and 1:1 Google Classroom ready!

Watch the ENTIRE slideshow lesson here:

Evaluating is more than just forming an opinion. It's about making an informed opinion or decision.

Use this lesson to give students a process to help them think critically about the information they read.

  • Restate part of the text as a question,
  • come up with criteria to judge the guiding question,
  • play with the text to reveal other perspectives, and
  • try to keep an open mind by starting with the other side.

4 PRO TIPS to help your students EVALUATE ideas as they read

Use this lesson to explain 3 aspects of critical thinking:

  • Use CRITERIA to make rational decisions
  • Try to be OPEN MINDED to make unbiased decisions
  • Try to be FULL MINDED to make decisions based on the analysis of high quality information

The slideshow lesson is comprehensive, easy to use and includes everything you need for :

  • DISTANCE LEARNING or 1:1 LEARNING in Google Classroom
  • FACE to FACE LEARNING in your real classroom

In this package, you get:

  • the slideshow lesson to walk your students through 4 pro tips to using the Evaluating reading strategy and an example of how to use this strategy..
  • a generic EVALUATING handout package that can be used with any text. This helps students ask questions before, during, and after reading. 
  • a metacognition handout/reflection questions to help students reflect on the strategy
  • a rubric to assess ideas generated during reading, as well as ideas generated during the metacognition reflection.

BONUS VIDEO LESSON: I’m recorded the slideshow as a FREE YOUTUBE VIDEO so it’s easier to teach with DISTANCE LEARNING.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This product DOES NOT include a text for students to read! 

The package only includes the Evaluating strategy slideshow lesson and handouts.

It is intended for teachers to use with a novel or text that they are studying in class. 

If you would like to use the informational text in this slideshow about "Service dog not allowed in class to help boy with autism", you can find the article HERE.

Reading comprehension strategies like EVALUATING help students engage with the text and gain a deeper understanding than just passively reading. 

This product is also included in the Reading for Meaning Comprehension Strategies bundle.

Total Pages
152 slides, 12 pages of handouts, 34 pages of lesson plans
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


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