Through carefully constructed close reading lessons, your students will dig deeply into challenging texts, examining what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do. They will learn how to use details from a text to support their thinking and integrate knowledge from multi-genres: historical fiction, text excerpts, non fiction, videos, photographs, and quotes.
These close reading lessons will help your students learn not only how to use details from the text to support their thinking and think critically about challenging text, they also address so many of the Common Core Language Arts Standards
and each level of Webb's Depth of Knowledge!
The unit begins with the picture book, The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
, which will inspire all students
with the tale of how these two men achieved success through goal setting, perseverance, and learning from their mistakes.
The text dependent questions, connections across multi-genre texts, and student response activities in this packet will guide students to think critically as they learn about the inventions of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, their character traits, and the invention process
they went through.
This packet includes:
Step-by-Step Teacher’s Guide
Every lesson is aligned to standards and has easy to follow step-by-step directions.
Close Reading of Primary Sources Lesson That will Hook Your Students and Build Background Knowledge
Prior to reading the book, students will examine authentic photographs of Thomas Edison’s inventions. They will also put Henry Ford’s car models in the order in which they predict they were made, using details from the photographs to support their thinking.
Close Reading Text Dependent Questions Ready to Print on Sticky Notes
We know how tricky it is to go back and forth from picture book to questions. So we’ve included the questions on a template that enables you to print them onto sticky notes. This way you can place each question right inside the picture book at the place where you will ask it. Just place blank Post-It! Notes (or any other brand of notes as long as they are the correct size) on the template and print. The Sticky Note Questions are ready to be placed into the book.
Close Reading Questions Embedded into Text Excerpts and a Non Fiction Article
Our ready to use close reading format chunks the text followed by text dependent questions for students to answer. This guides students to think about the text during the reading process, and create meaning while they read, not just at the end.
We’ve included lots of printables; photographs of the inventions, the inventor’s quotes, graphic organizers, close reading texts with questions, video note-taking guides, written response activities and more
Multi-genre Text Set
A text set is a collection of related texts organized around a topic or inquiry question. The topic or inquiry question of a given set is determined by an anchor text—a rich, complex grade-level text. The text set in this unit includes: photographs, videos, historical fiction, quotes, and informational texts.
Lessons include embedded assessments to check for student understanding.
We’ve included four PowerPoint presentations: What are Inventions and Innovations?, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s Inventions, The Mint Mobile STEM Challenge, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Quotes
STEM Mint Mobile Challenge Students
will better understand the invention process when they experience it themselves. In this challenge, students create a car, made from readily available materials.
The Inventor’s Log Foldable®
Students create a Top Tab Foldable® to record their process as they create their Mint Mobiles. We’ve included step-by-step directions for creating the Foldable® and using it during the STEM Mint Mobile Challenge.
Effective close reading has students not only read and discuss text dependent questions about what the text says (literal), means (author’s craft), and how it works (author craft) but also how the text inspires them.
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