1. Topic-
Reading Informational Text using Newsela Website. Topics include Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and War and Peace.
2. Content-
Informational text (news articles) that are written in varied levels of student reading abilities. Content can vary from day to day. Teacher can assign article or allow student to choose.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Increase reading comprehension
2.Increase reading fluency
3.Read complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies as stated in Common Core ELA Standards.
4. Objectives-
Students will read Lexile leveled informational text (news articles) Students will discuss key ideas of the articles in cooperative groups. Students will take a quiz to check for understanding.

Common Core Standards ELA 5th Grade
Key Ideas and Details:
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
5. Materials and Aids-
Computers or iPads and access to Internet to connect with the Newsela website. Overhead projector. Paper and pencils for note taking if needed.
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Finding informational text for the many varied levels of student reading abilities in any classroom can be a challenge. Newsela is a free website that allows teachers to track student progress in grades 3-12 providing news articles from reputable sources in varied Lexile levels. Newsela articles are also aligned with Common Core Standards and provide a leveled comprehension quiz with each article. Common Core Standards are provided with each informational text article as well. Articles vary in content area as well. Topics include Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and War and Peace.

B. Development-

After browsing articles, teacher will assign leveled article for class to read and assign cooperative discussion groups. Students will access assigned article by going into an individual binder set up on Newsela class website.

C. Practice-

Teacher will read a sample article out loud using overhead projector. Teacher will lead whole class discussion modeling appropriate questions for cooperative groups to use as prompts. The class will go through comprehension quiz and volunteer answers.

D. Independent Practice-

Students will read assigned news article independently. Students will discuss key ideas of article in cooperative group. Groups will share key ideas of article with class. Students will take a 4 question online comprehension quiz provided with each Newsela article.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Newsela news articles are written in varied Lexile levels ranging from 700L (3rd grade) to above 1200L (12th grade). The articles vary in complexity and length. Having the articles available online, allows students to adjust text size if necessary . Collaborative group discussions before taking quiz will help students identify key ideas. This is an ideal way to differentiate for all levels of readers, whether they are way below grade level or are highly advanced.

F. Checking for understanding-

Students will take a 4 question quiz to check for comprehension of informational text.

G. Closure-

Each group will share key ideas from Newsela article with class.
7. Evaluation-
Each student will take a 4 question comprehension quiz after each article read. Teacher can assess whether Lexile level of article is appropriate for student and suggest modifications if necessary.
8. Teacher Reflection-
After lesson teacher can determine whether students are better served by assigning articles and Lexile levels or allowing students to determine their own Lexile levels.

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