Informational Text for Secondary Students: Do School Suspensions Work?

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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This informational text and subsequent questions are perfect for secondary students. This nonfiction reading response activity includes a link to a nonfiction article (about school suspensions and their effectiveness), close reading options, writing prompts, extension activities, and a complete lesson plan. You will have student buy-in with the current topic of restorative justice in schools!

Responding to nonfiction is a lifelong skill. Students need to understand a writer's purpose, the publisher and research's bias, manipulative language, and more. Almost every college professor asks students to judge and critique nonfiction writing. This will allow students to practice responding in this manner.

This nonfiction activity also relates to students on a personal level. Research in the article covers the effectiveness of suspensions and the problems associated with them. Students become very involved with the discussion and reading.


→Detailed lesson plans for the article and writing assignment. Includes the link to the article (and extension activities).

→Ten questions specific to the article and an alternative set of questions (for differentiation).

→Instructional sheets for the students for crafting a mature nonfiction reading response.

The reading, discussion, and writing takes me a week of classes. I marked the standards I meet with this informational text activity.

(The preview for this nonfiction reading response activity includes pages two and four of the lesson plan.)

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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9–10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Write and edit work so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual (e.g., MLA Handbook, Turabian’s Manual for Writers) appropriate for the discipline and writing type.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.


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