Curing What Ails You

Use this interactive text from National Geographic to guide your students in grades K–2 through a lesson where they learn to engage the text in a structured dialogue.

Grades K-2 90 min Resource by:

In this critical reading lesson, students will examine the interactive text “Curing What Ails You,” which focuses on science and health, through an “I Wonder Round Table” to engage with a “Carousel Brainstorm.” This lesson uses the WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) methodology and strategies from AVID’s curriculum library and is designed for a variety of learning environments.

AVID and National Geographic are partnering for the 2021–2022 school year to develop critical reading lessons. This partnership will allow AVID to provide highly engaging and rigorous content through disciplinary literacy—an emphasis on the shared ways of reading, writing, speaking, and thinking within a particular content area or academic field.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will analyze the text to identify how different plants are used to create medicines for elephants.
  • Students will use inference to determine how some plants could also be used for medicines when we are sick.
  • Students will utilize concepts from the text to engage in a structured dialogue.

What You’ll Need



Establish a purpose for reading, build background knowledge, and set students up for success.

Plan for reading by thinking through or having students respond to the following questions and identify how the chosen text fits within the broader context of your instructional unit, so students are making connections to their prior knowledge.

  • What academic tasks are associated with reading the text?
  • What previously taught content and/or prior knowledge is connected to the new text?

National Geographic interactive text meets the following features of an ideal text:

  • National Geographic text is rigorous and provides an opportunity for students to experience productive struggle.
  • Engagement with National Geographic text fosters inquiry and curiosity.

Allow students an opportunity to set up their notes and record an Essential Question for the lesson before engaging in the learning. Students will participate in an “Image Tour” during the pre-reading portion of this lesson.



Build vocabulary and engage in purposeful rereads. Vocabulary development can happen at any point in the reading process.

Students will build vocabulary using a Frayer Model looking at both academic and content-area words. They will process information in a first and second read of the text and engage in a purposeful reread using an “I Wonder Round Table” strategy.


Reading tasks should be directly connected to what students will do with the text after they have read and understand it.

Students will use the text to develop the Apply academic thinking skill. They will extend beyond the text by engaging in a “Carousel Brainstorm.”

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