A close reading activity about penguins that can be done in one sitting but may be better over a few days. It utilizes an effective strategy to help build comprehension and fluency. The instruction is scaffolded, providing content area learning about penguins as well as teaching reading skills. Three tiered comprehension texts are included as well as graphic organizers and note taking examples. The lesson is explained, step by step. Note taking and writing strategies are embedded. It is a great addition to a unit about penguins.
I have used this teaching technique many times and it has been very helpful in stretching students' comprehension and skills. This strategy can be modified for any content area or grade level using your own sources.