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 synthesize the interactive text “What’s New?,” written by Lynn Brunelle, through a Double-Entry Journal to create Found Poetry. 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.
- Students will prepare for reading by making connections between images and text.
- Students will capture thinking about the text and support it with text evidence.
- Students will synthesize understanding of the text by creating and titling writing in verse.
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:
- How does the text fit into the overall instructional unit or overall learning experience?
- What academic tasks are associated with reading the text?
An ideal text has the following features:
- Engagement with this text fosters inquiry and curiosity.
- This text contains content that is of high interest to students.
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 during 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 Double-Entry Journal.
Reading tasks should be directly connected to what students will do with the text after they have read and understood it.
Students will use the text to develop the Synthesize academic thinking skill. They will extend beyond the text by creating Found Poetry.
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