Using Our Resources to Understand a Text

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SWBAT consider word meaning when reading and comprehending nonfiction text.

Big Idea

Studying vocabulary before reading enhances comprehension of difficult texts.


5 minutes

To begin today's lesson, I have my students take out yesterday's vocabulary graphic organizer.  I have them look over the words we worked on yesterday.

As a way to activate prior knowledge, I ask them what word they thought was the most interesting.  You could also ask which word they think they could work into conversation today.  Your goal here is to get them looking at what we did, and thinking about the words we learned.

Getting Down to Business

35 minutes

I give the students time to finish up yesterday's vocabulary work.  

Once they are done, we will read the chapter of People in Bondage together as a group.  I remind students to keep their graphic organizers out to use a reference when they come across the vocabulary words we have studied.

Did They Get It?

10 minutes

To wind up our lesson today, I have students take out a sheet of paper to do a 3-2-1 Exit Ticket.

This is a great activity for a quick summative assessment, and it is only limited by your creativity!

Today, I had students write:


  • 3 things you learned about slavery in the United States
  • 2 ways that knowing the vocabulary words helped you understand the text
  • 1 question you have about slavery


I collect these papers as students are leaving class.