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Read informational texts: "Life for Slave Children in 1861"

Reading, answering questions, and analyzing "Life for Slave Children in 1861," an article from the Washington Post's Kids' Post.

Lessons

  • Preview a nonfiction text

    In this lesson you will learn how to preview nonfiction texts by reading titles and headings and thinking, "This article will be mostly about...and it will also teach me..."

  • Determine an unfamiliar word in a nonfiction text

    In this lesson you will learn how to figure out unfamiliar words by envisioning what is happening in the text and thinking about what the word probably means.

  • Ask and answer questions about the text while reading

    In this lesson you will learn how to grow ideas about a text by asking questions as you read and using what you already know to try to answer those questions.

  • Find the main idea of a section of nonfiction text

    In this lesson you will learn how to find the main idea of a section of text by anticipating the box and bullets structure as you read a new section.

  • Find the main idea of a nonfiction article

    In this lesson you will learn how to get at the big idea of a nonfiction text by stopping at new information and asking, "Is this adding to an idea I already have, or is it giving me a new idea?"ù

  • Check understanding by teaching

    In this lesson you will learn how to check to see if you understood a text by teaching it to someone else.

  • Consider an author's choices and purpose by looking at text structure

    In this lesson you will learn how to think about the choices an author made by asking, "Why did the author chose to write it this way instead of that way?"ù

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