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Applying Reading Comprehension Strategies Unit Plan
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Applying Reading Comprehension Strategies Unit Plan


8 x Lessons


This English unit is designed to explicitly teach the reading comprehension strategies of activating prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, monitoring, predicting, inferring, visualising and summarising to upper primary students, with a focus on literary texts.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

These lessons may be taught as a complete unit of work, or they may be taught individually as stand-alone lessons.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to reflect their learning journey.

Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Activating Prior Knowledge

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of activating prior knowledge.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Making Connections

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of making connections.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Questioning

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of questioning.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Monitoring

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of monitoring.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Predicting

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of predicting.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Inferring

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of inferring.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Visualizing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of visualizing.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

Summarizing

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will learn and apply the reading comprehension strategy of summarizing.

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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.1
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.