Looking for a high interest topic for your struggling readers? Big Foot is the answer! This intervention unit is designed for struggling fifth and sixth grade readers. The high interest topic will grab their attention, and learning will follow. :)
This unit was created to help you with your reading intervention groups. There is one lesson per day, for 10 days. Each lesson includes learning targets, written lesson plans, and a guided worksheet. These lessons go with two articles about Bigfoot.
The lessons focus on main idea, inferences, close reading skills, and summary writing. There is a bonus assignment at the end that can be used as a formal assessment. It is a compare and contrast written response with a rubric, paragraph frame, and final copy paper.
Kids love to read and talk about Bigfoot! I chose Bigfoot as a topic because it is high interest. By the time struggling readers are in 4-6th grades, they have been in intervention groups and are bored. Hopefully Bigfoot will grab their attention and spark their interest! These lessons are different and fun.
Also, if you like this lesson, you should check out some of my others:
Close Reading Killer Whales
Are the Bees Disappearing? Close Reading Lesson
Close Reading Yellowstone Wolves
The Loch Ness Monster Close Reading Unit
Megalodon Shark Close Reading Unit
Do Mermaids Exist? Close Reading Unit
Shark Controversy Close Reading Unit
Bigfoot Close Reading Unit
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Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.