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Lesson 2 - Close Read-aloud, Session 1: Off to Class, Pages 12–13

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1.c http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1/c
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1/b
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1.a http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1/a
teaches Common Core State Standards W.2.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/2/8
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/2/1
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.2.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/2/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.2.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/2/1
teaches Common Core State Standards L.2.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/L/2/4

Lesson 2 - Close Read-aloud, Session 1: Off to Class, Pages 12–13

To learn more about this lesson, read the Lesson 2 Narrative found under the Additional Materials tab.

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can answer questions using key details about the problem in “Protecting the Amazon” from Off to Class.
  • I can plan and share my writing with a writing partner. 

Ongoing Assessment

  • During Work Times A and B, use the Speaking and Listening Checklist to monitor student progress (see Assessment Overview and Resources).
  • During Work Time C, circulate and observe students’ writing to monitor progress and to notice whether students answer the questions correctly and use details from the text in their notes.

Purpose of Lesson

  • This lesson is the first in a series of six in which students engage in a close read-aloud of Off to Class (reference Close Read-aloud Guide: Off to Class). In this lesson, students are introduced to the idea of learning about a school in a new part of the world that has a problem to overcome. Students practice listening to the text for important details to write as notes in their Off to Class Notebook.
  • A close read-aloud is an instructional practice that gives beginning readers an opportunity to study a complex text with teacher support, for the purpose of deep comprehension. A close read-aloud of a particular text occurs in a series of short sessions (approximately 20–25 minutes each) across multiple lessons. The teacher poses a focusing question to set a purpose for deeper analysis and facilitates deeper comprehension by rereading excerpts of the text with this question in mind. In each session, the teacher lifts students’ understanding of the text through purposeful text-dependent questions, interactive discussion, and other activities that support comprehension. In the final session, students synthesize their learning by answering the focusing question through a culminating writing or speaking task.For additional information on close read-alouds, refer to the Teaching Notes in Unit 1, Lesson 6.

In Advance

  • Review the Close Read-aloud Guide: Off to Class to familiarize yourself with what will be required of students. Note that the Close Read-aloud Guide is divided into sessions. Complete only Session 1 in this lesson, as students will complete the remaining sessions in Lessons 3–7.
  • Predetermine writing partners. Consider choosing students who sit next to each other at their workspaces.
  • Consider marking or pointing to a map when the new school is introduced.
  • Prepare:
    • Our Study of School Word Wall Cards for the terms problem; research; Xixuaú, Brazil; and remote. Write or type each term on a card and create or find a visual to accompany it.
    • Off to Class Notebooks, by copying the pages double-sided and stapling them together.
    • How to Take Notes Anchor Chart.
    • Writing Partners Anchor Chart.
  • Post: Learning targets, Classroom Discussion Norms Anchor Chart, and Close Readers Do These Things Anchor Chart.

Digital Materials Preparation:

  • Prepare to display the lesson or assign it to students before class.
  • For digital assignments, ensure that students have access to a digital device.

New Digital Materials to Assign:

  • Research Notebook: Off to Class (students will access this digital material in Lessons 2-7)


  • Lesson-specific: problem, take notes, research, informational, perseverance, details, close reader
  • Text-specific: remote; Xixuaú, Brazil


  • Close Readers Do These Things Anchor Chart (begun in Unit 1, Lesson 7)
  • Our Study of School Word Wall Cards (new; teacher-created; four cards)
  • Our Study of School Word Wall (begun in Lesson 1; added to during the Opening and Work Time A)
  • Close Read-aloud Guide: Off to Class (For Teacher Reference) (Session 1)
    • Speaking and Listening Checklist (for teacher reference)
    • Off to Class (one to display; for teacher read-aloud)
    • Off to Class Notebook (one per student)
    • Off to Class Notebook (Example, for Teacher Reference) 
    • How to Take Notes Anchor Chart (new; teacher-created)
  • Writing Partners Anchor Chart (new; teacher-created)











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