Interpreting Information

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The lesson introduces students to the different methods used for presenting information: visually, orally, and quantitatively.  The students will also learn how to interpret the given information and explain how it contributes to a topic, the written text, or an issue being discussed or presented.  The advancement of technology has led information to be less likely written, and more often presented orally or using images, charts, timelines, infographics, and other methods.  It requires students to become more literate in these areas to better understand and comprehend the topic, text, or issue.

Interpreting Information Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Interpreting Information
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Interpreting Information
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson provides the students with skills they can use to interpret given information and explain how it contributes to a topic, the written text, or an issue being discussed or presented.  Now that the Internet has made information quickly and readily available, students need to learn new methods for interpreting the data they come across in their searches.  Rather than reading information in a book or article, students are more likely to see information presented quantitatively, orally or visually using images like charts, timelines, info-graphics, and other methods. As they work through the lesson, students will become more literate in these areas to better understand and comprehend the topic, text, or issue.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Poll the students: If you had to learn something new, would you rather learn through 1) written text in a book, 2) videos, 3) graphs, charts, or pictures, 4) lecture, 5) audio only?  Tabulate the results.  (You may allow students to make 2 choices.)
  2. Ask students to give reasons for their choice(s), and why they did not choose one or more of the others, or is there is another method not listed that a student prefers.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students what it means to interpret the information they read, see, or hear, regardless of the method of delivery.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Interpreting Information.
  5. Distribute Interpreting Information content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Part A: Display an image, video, or other picture.  Part B: Present an audio recording of a speaker.  Part C: Display a graph, chart, etc.  Allow students time for each method to discuss and respond to the activity questions.
  7. Once students have completed the work, hold a class discussion related to each presentation, as well as the final two questions of the activity. (Responses will vary.)
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.  Ask students to correct the False statements.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you had to choose one way to communicate information, which would you choose and why? (The question is to some extent the opposite of the lesson’s opening question.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts