Informational Text Lesson on Hot Topics: Reading is Good for Your Brain

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Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  1. Engage and motivate students with these informational, expository text close reading assignments. These easy-prep Hot Topics Info Text Lesson is the perfect ready-to-go resource to practice close reading skills and comprehension. This resource is not just questions and answers - you are getting a fu
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This mini lesson on the benefits of reading is the perfect ready-to-go lesson to practice close reading skills. With five specific common core text-based questions, your students will be engaged, informed, and ready to debate!


-Formal lesson plan

-Super simple sub sheet

-Standards links

-Link to article

-Idea for starter

-Short answer questions and answers

- Argumentative Prompt

-100% Editable

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "Love this - a perfect lesson anytime, but super helpful for a sub plan!"

♥ "This Hot Topic has led to some interesting discussion. It also lead me to include this idea of "Hot Topics" regularly in class. Thanks! "

♥ "Another big thumbs up for this resource. Highly recommend each of the informational text lessons created by this author."

♥ "Great way to have students see why reading is important."

♥ "Thought provoking! The students really enjoyed these mini-lessons and so did I!"

♥ "Great! We started the year with a long-term sub for an unfilled position, and these were easy for the subs to follow, relevant to future coursework, and interesting."

♥ "Again, a great addition to my Fahrenheit 451 unit! Thanks!"

♥ "Great way to help my student understand the importance of reading! Looking forward to using it in the first week of school."

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Total Pages
5 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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 central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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 and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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