Reflection: Rigor Using The Five Finger Rule - Section 2: The Five Finger Rule


The Five Finger Rule requires students to locate and understand a variety of text features. Creating an outline is one of those text features that will help students gain confidence and study skills through their academic career. In Rule #4, I ask students to create an outline of the text by writing the headings and subheading of the chapter. Creating an outline will give students a basic overview and important details of the text. The outline will also show the main points in chronological order. An outline may also be required in a student's academic future. Outlines are help to all levels of student learning, especially ELL and Special Education students.

Being an active reader is an important skill for all students to learn and practice. The skill of creating an outline is an effective strategy for my students because:

  • It is a way to organize thoughts.
  • It helps students better understand the material.
  • It creates an instant study guide for the unit or course.

  Creating An Outline
  Rigor: Creating An Outline
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Using The Five Finger Rule

Unit 4: Pond Study: Plant & Animal Cells
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify text features in nonfiction, as they continue to study cells' function as "building blocks" of organisms, and summarize the requirements for cells to live.

Big Idea: What will this text teach me? By using and applying the Five Finger Rule, students will understand a text at a much deeper level.

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Science, plants, animal cells, plant cells, text features, informational text, animal
  40 minutes
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