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Overview of a Lesson

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Overview of a Lesson

Vocabulary: Students must know the meanings of vocabulary words before they can comprehend what they read. Students learn to identify the meanings of unfamiliar words through the use of context, word analysis, and a dictionary and/or thesaurus.

Questions: The first six questions are based on the six levels of learning: Question 1, knowledge; 2, comprehension; 3, application; 4, analysis; 5, synthesis; and 6, evaluation. For this reason, only questions 1 and 2 have a specific answer in the answer key. Questions 3-6 will vary according to the individual, class, interpretation, etc. Questions 7-10 have been developed to work on various reading, study, composition, and grammar skills.

Purpose and Rate: The Introduction and Theme can be used to determine a reading purpose and an appropriate related reading rate. Since the reading selections vary in content, form, author purpose, and difficulty, students should be taught to vary their reading purpose and rate according to the selection. The use of skimming, scanning, rereading, etc., should be taught within the context of the selection. Hopefully, the student's purpose will never be just to "answer the questions."

Silent Reading: Most selections are read silently. The teacher can break the selection into sections, discussing each section separately, or the selection may be read as a whole.

Oral Reading: 

Oral reading has limited value in the development of comprehension and study skills. However, there are times that oral reading of literature does contribute to the appreciation of literary techniques and devices, especially in the study of drama and poetry.

Enrichment: Some stories have enrichment activities presented in the questions or as Extra activities. The classroom teacher is encouraged to develop enrichment activities to challenge accelerated readers and to broaden the experiences of all students.