Food for the Future (Grades 3–6)

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 Text-Dependent Questioning to engage in a Socratic Seminar.

Grades 3-6 90-120 min Resource by:

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 Text-Dependent Questioning to engage in a Socratic Seminar. 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will prepare to read the text by taking a stand on statements related to text content.
  • Students will collaboratively craft and answer text-based questions.
  • Students will apply key understandings from the text as they participate in a structured dialogue.

What You’ll Need

Activate

Activate

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 previously taught content and/or prior knowledge is connected to the new 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:

  • Academic thinking skills are necessary for comprehension of this text.
  • This text provides students with the opportunity to develop disciplinary literacy through content-specific academic language development and analytical thinking.

Allow students an opportunity to set up their notes and record the Essential Question before engaging in the learning. Students will be using Anticipation Guides in this lesson.

Engage

Engage

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 Text-Dependent Questioning strategy.

Extend

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 Socratic Seminar.

*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.