The Human Body: Comparing and Contrasting Texts Reading Unit Of Study
Thank you for your interest in this week long mini-unit! Through five days, your students will practice comparing and contrasting information in nonfiction books. They will first practice asking and answering questions while reading nonfiction texts, then moving on to compare information across multiple texts on the same topic. Children need to be able to understand how to compare multiple sources of information, as this can teach them which kinds of information are most important about a topic and allow them to practice comparing and contrasting a variety of facets of nonfiction texts. Not only will they compare the information they learn, but they will also compare the main ideas of multiple texts on the same topic to gain a better understanding of the topic as a whole. While we have paced this pack as a short 5-day unit, it can easily be stretched into two weeks by spending two days per reading lesson and providing your students with additional time to practice the skills targeted.
We have also provided a Letter to Caregivers to introduce the unit and a rubric to close the unit.
We have included a list of the mentor texts that we recommend.
1. Heart, by Lisa Greathouse
2. Your Heart (Science Vocabulary Readers), by Justin McCory Martin
3. Hear Your Heart, by Paul Showers
Several Common Core State Standards for first, second, and third grade are targeted:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2. Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9. Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4. Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2. Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.6. Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9. Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9. Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2. Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
We know you and your kiddos are going to love this!
Be sure to check out our other Reading Units of Study:
Unit 1: Constructing Our Reading LivesUnit 2: Flexing Our Reading MusclesUnit 3: Investigating the Minds of CharactersUnit 4: Navigating Through NonfictionUnit 5: Revving Up For Series ReadingUnit 6: Diving Deeper Into Nonfiction
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