- Why are elections important?
- What big issues are American voters thinking about right now?
- Novel: Running by Natalia Sylvester
- Civics: For Which We Stand by Jeff Foster
R.1, R.2, R.4, R.7, R.9, W.3, SL.1, L.4, L.6
Students will read an article about the 2020 elections and answer detail questions to summarize the article.
summarizing, text features, vocabulary, reading for information, synthesizing, critical thinking, narrative writing
Purpose: The article gives information about the 2020 elections: who’s running, what makes this year unique, and how students can get involved.
Structure: The article is written in question-and-answer format and includes call-out bubbles for fun facts, tips, and key points.
Language: The language is informational. Domain-specific vocabulary is defined in the text and in the vocabulary box.
Knowledge Demands: The text refers to the U.S. Congress.
Lexile Level: 600L-700L
Guided Reading Level: T
DRA Level: 50
Lesson Plan: The Race to the White House
1. Preparing to Read
Build Background Knowledge (5 minutes)
Preview Text Features (15 minutes)
Guide students to locate the article. Preview the text features by asking the following questions:
Preview Vocabulary (10 minutes)
Make a Plan for Reading (5 minutes)
Before students start to read, walk them through a reading plan:
2. Reading and Unpacking the Text
Guide students to read the article. Once they understand the text, discuss the following questions.
Close-Reading Questions (15 minutes)
Critical-Thinking Questions (10 minutes)
3. Skill Building
Learn Anywhere Activity
An enrichment activity to extend the learning journey at home or in the classroom
Get Out the Vote!
Connect with your community by reminding neighbors that their voices count. No matter who you vote for, elections are a chance to help shape our world.
Make a poster (which you’ll place in your window or somewhere else where people will see it) to remind your friends, family, and neighbors that their votes matter. There’s no need to say which candidate you want people to vote for; just let them know that their voices need to be heard. You can also include information about where and how to vote in your area.
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