“Scanning Races” Lesson Plan
(Adapted from New Ways in Teaching Reading Ed. Richard R. Day, p.127)
- To utilize different reading strategies in order to ascertain specific information
- To increase Ss interest in the topic
- To infer the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary from context clues
- To read an authentic text aloud with moderate fluency and natural prosody
1. Discuss different traditions from different cultures
- Describe any special traditions unique to their family
- Recognize and understand vocabulary associated with the Russian culture
- Effectively skim and scan a text for specific information
- Read The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco aloud with their peers
Time available: 10:00am – 10:55am (one class meeting)
Materials: Four copies of The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Step 1 10:00-10:10 (10 min)
Step 2 10:06-10:14 (8 min)
T asks students, “What is a tradition?” If students do not know the answer, T will briefly explain what a tradition entails. T will briefly explain one or two traditions, such as the Chinese New Year and the 4th of July. T will ask Ss to think about traditions that their families have. T will ask Ss to discuss these traditions aloud with their peers.
Step 3 10:14-10:39 (20-25 min)
T tells Ss that they will now read the text aloud. Ss will read the text in a “round robin” manner—that is, each S will take a turn reading. T will cue each S as to when reading should begin and end. T tells Ss that some new vocabulary will be available on an overhead; they can refer to the overhead for definitions, if necessary. Any other vocabulary that is unfamiliar or cannot be defined from context clues should be circled in pencil. T will address these vocabulary words in a later lesson.
Step 4 10:39-10:49 (10-15 min)
T tells Ss that they will now play a game. T tells Ss that they will be scanning the text to find the answer to several questions. Ss will record their answers on a piece of paper. For each question, Ss will have no more than 2 minutes to find and to record their answer. T will collect answer sheets at the conclusion of the game. The S with the most correct answers at the end of the game will receive a prize during their next class meeting. *If Ss finish reading the text before 10:39am, T will ask more questions during the game to utilize time.
Step 5 10:49-10:55 (8 min)
T will ask Ss to explain why skimming and scanning are important reading strategies—this will be a topic extended further in a later class meeting. If Ss are unable to think of reasons, T will provide one or two plausible reasons and then ask Ss, again, to respond. T will explain that skimming and scanning allow a reader to find facts quickly and efficiently. T asks Ss if they would have been able to play the game as well, if T had asked them to read the book all over again. T will assign homework. Dismissal.
- Ss will respond to five post-reading questions (attached).
- Ss will write a brief constructed response (BCR) to respond to the following question: “What is a tradition? What tradition(s) are apart of your family? Which is your favorite? Why? If you cannot think of a tradition for your own family, ask a neighbor or a friend about their traditions. Which is their favorite? Why?
- If Ss encountered vocabulary that they could not decipher from context clues (they should have been circled), Ss will write these words on a piece of paper and will bring them to the next class meeting.
- T will evaluate written answers from scanning activity
- T will grade the post-reading questions and BCR assigned for homework