Lake Tour (Grades 1–2)

In this critical reading lesson, students will examine an interactive text from National Geographic through Marking the Text as a Content Expert to develop a Listicle.

Grades 1-2 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.

In this critical reading lesson, students will examine the interactive text “Lake Tours”—which is written by Beth Geiger and focuses on science and social studies—through Marking the Text as a Content Expert to develop a Listicle. 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 Objective

Students will synthesize the text to identify key details to reflect upon their initial understanding and use those details to support it with text evidence.

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 that students are making connections to their prior knowledge:

  • What academic tasks are associated with 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:

  • Academic thinking skills are necessary for comprehension of this text.
  • This text is formatted so that students can interact with it by marking the text and writing in the margins, either digitally or on paper.

Allow students an opportunity to set up their notes and record the Essential Question before engaging in the learning. Students will engage 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 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 a Marking the Text as a Content Expert 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 Synthesize academic thinking skill. They will extend beyond the text by creating a Listicle.

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