Lesson: Non-fiction Text Structures: Author's Purpose: Background Information Paragraphs (Lesson 25)

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Lesson Objective

Paragraphs have purposes. (Some paragraphs are meant to give background information on an important person or concept)

Lesson Plan

Lesson 25:

Standard: Identify the purpose of common textual features (for example, title, headings, key words, paragraphs, topic sentences, table of contents, indices, glossary,  captions accompanying illustrations or photographs).

Identify topic sentences, supporting details, and elaboration in paragraphs. 

Determine the purpose of individual sentences and paragraphs and how they contribute to the text as a whole. 

Big Idea:  Writers use lots of evidence to support the main idea or theme.  These supporting details fill the text; they are found in every paragraph, all textual features, and all graphic features. 


Teaching Point: Paragraphs have purposes. Some paragraphs are meant to give background information on an important person or concept.


Reading Workshop: Reading binders, highlighters, copies of Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds, pages 1-7



Reading Workshop Lesson:

  • Remind your partners of the five paragraph purposes that we’ve learned about so far.
  • Yesterday we read a couple of texts that have paragraphs that give background information. We also started reading Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds: The Story of a Food Web. We will be re-reading the pages from yesterday, but this time we’ll be looking for evidence to answer this question [put up OR topic].  
  • How many parts? (2) This means we should have two paragraphs in our open response.
  • Re-read to find evidence and highlight together.
  • As a whole class, in groups, or independently, come up with a topic sentence that directly answers the question, then write two paragraphs using the highlighted evidence.

 No Read Aloud Today.

Lesson Resources

Lesson 25 Open Response.docx  


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