Develop reading comprehension and critical thinking skills in young students with our visually engaging Understanding Details Lesson Plan. This hands-on lesson prepares students to identify the details of a story by using the 5 “Ws” (who, what, where, when, why) and “How” questions to understand the information presented in a story and other content.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
- Review a class activity with the students, such as a previous PE class. (You may use a different event or activity and adapt the questions accordingly.)
- Ask each of the following questions: Who was there in the gym? What did everyone do? When did it happen? Where was the activity? Why was everyone there? How did you feel?
- Expand on each of the questions, allow multiple responses for those questions and others. Explain to students the importance of details. Display the 5 “Ws” and “How”.
- Tell students these same questions can be used while reading a story or novel to help better understand the characters and other parts of a story or other content.
- Distribute the Understanding Details content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use additional resources and other examples if necessary.
- Distribute the Activity page. Review the instructions. Remind students the stories are made up. (There are three sets of answers for the questions. Each answer in a set is related.)
- Distribute the Practice page. Allow students to share some of the details of their story.
- Distribute the Homework page. Review the instructions. (Depending on the level of your students, they may get help from a parent or another person.)
- The next day, read aloud the story and allow students to share the question responses.
- In closing, ask a “W’ or How question to each student, one at a time. Ask about something in their life. For example, “Who is the hero in your life?” “What did you eat for dinner yesterday?” “When is your birthday?” “Where would you like to go on vacation?” “Why do you go to school?” “How do you eat pizza?” (There are an endless number of questions you can ask. Be sure to use the 5 “Ws” and How, stressing each word.)
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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