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6th Grade Unit 4 Literacy Support Packet

December 3-December 23 (Unit test 4 will be scheduled for 12/21, 12/22, 12/23).

Skills Focus:

1.

Recognize Organizational formats to assist in comprehension of informational texts.

2.

Use the table of contents and indexes to locate information.

3.

Use text features, such as headings, captions, and titles to understand and interpret informational texts.

4.

Write a compare and contrast essay using the 5 paragraph essay format.

Topics Covered:

A.

Specific Non-Fiction:  Instructional text organization, reading maps, posters and fliers, charts and graphs, etc.  

B.

Reading and interpreting Indexes

C.

Reading and interpreting a Table of Contents

D.

Writing the 5 paragraph essay

E.

Comparing and contrasting information

F.

Sequence of Events

G.

Main Idea

H.

Thesis statements

I.

Paragraph transitions

SKILL:  Recognize Organizational formats to assist in comprehension of informational texts.

Possible Teaching Points:

Good readers can distinguish non-fiction from fiction.

Good readers of non-fiction have strategies for getting the most information as possible from a non-fiction text.

Good readers of non-fiction can recognize the different structure that texts take.  

Good non-fiction readers have strategies for reading reference texts.

Good readers can figure out the chronological order of any type of reading passage.  

Good readers of non-fiction can interpret charts, graphs and diagrams.

Good non-fiction readers know how to navigate the visual aids and other reference materials that accompany texts.

Links to Activities

http://k-8visual.info/using_Text.html

http://k-8visual.info/xFlowCh.html

http://k-8visual.info/xTable.html

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=951

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