Thursday, October 20, 2016

Teach Paired Passages Using Your iPads, Chromebooks, or Other Devices

Paired passages on state assessments are here to stay. The ability to comprehend and compare texts can be tricky, even for advanced readers. It’s a good thing you have the digital tools you need to effectively teach paired passages! 

Use Classworks Integrated Reading paired passages. Sample Lesson Plan 

Appealing, High Interest Topics
To engage students from the start, you have passages available from a variety of genres. Support your grade level standards with a selection of informational topics and literary passages.

Text Dependent Questions
These are key to helping students achieve deep reading comprehension. Questions address multiple reading standards. Distractor rationales are included to provide insight into student thinking.

Let’s get started!
  • Choose an Integrated Reading paired passage that supports your lesson plan. Try this 7th grade lesson plan or modify to fit your grade level.
  • Work on having students understand the first passage. Spend a few days reading, annotating (use the digital tools!), and understanding the passage. Assess their understanding using the text dependent questions. 
  • When students are ready, move on to the second passage. Read, discuss, annotate, and answer the questions. 
  • Now you’re ready for the paired passages! Assign the paired passages and analyze the connections between the two texts using the text dependent questions. 
  • After discussion your students are ready to answer the paired questions.
Receive $2,500 for classroom technology so you can teach paired passages, conduct close reads, and more, using digital instruction. Apply for the Classworks Digital Learning Grant! Three teachers will each be awarded $2,500 each for technology.