AVID and National Geographic are partnering for the 2022–2023 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. Explore this sample lesson and contact AVID Care at (833) 284-3227 for more information about AVID Weekly® and AVID Elementary Weekly.
In this critical reading lesson, students will examine the interactive text “Food for the Future,” which is written by Joe Levit and focuses on social studies and STEM, through a Double-Entry Journal to develop Storyboards and Timelines. 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.
- Students will interact with the text to determine important concepts.
- Students will collaborate with peers to sequence the text.
- Students will analyze the text to identify patterns of continuity or change.
What You’ll Need
- National Geographic interactive content:
- AVID Elementary Weekly lesson
- Additional resources can be found on the AVID Elementary Weekly website by subscription only.
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 that students are making connections to their prior knowledge:
- What key content-related or general academic vocabulary do students need to know prior to reading the text?
- What technology skills and knowledge will students need to access the text and complete the academic task?
This text meets the following features of an ideal text:
- This text is rigorous because it provides an opportunity for students to experience productive struggle.
- The length of this text allows students to engage in all phases of the critical reading process within 1–2 class periods.
Allow students an opportunity to set up their notes and record the Essential Question before engaging in the learning. Students will be engaging in an Image Tour in 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 Word Walls, 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 a Storyboards and Timelines 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 Analyze academic thinking skill. They will extend beyond the text by creating Storyboards and Timelines.
*Explore the sample lesson and contact AVID Care by phone at (833) 284-3227 or by email at [email protected] for more information about AVID Weekly® and AVID Elementary Weekly.