In this critical reading lesson, students will examine an interactive text—“Seeking Solutions,” which focuses on math, science, and social studies—through exploring think-alouds and structured dialogue to develop a one-page report. This lesson uses the WICOR® (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) methodology, as well as 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.
- Students will work collaboratively to discuss their own thinking and comprehension of the text using scripts, questions, and statements.
- Students will synthesize learning from the selection by compiling takeaways from text and text features.
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.
- Do other texts need to be read to build background knowledge?
- 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 builds reading stamina and provides the opportunity for students to reach higher and/or deeper.
- This text provides students with the opportunity to practice the Synthesize academic thinking skill.
- This text is formatted for text interaction, either digital or on paper, to provide students with a place to capture their thinking, questions, a-ha! moments, and wonderings as part of the focused note-taking process.
Allow students an opportunity to set up their notes and record the Essential Question before engaging in the learning. Students will be engaged 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 key terms bar chart 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 think-aloud and structured dialogue 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 one-page report.