Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Monthly Update sign up
Mailing List signup
Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop.

Comprehension and Response: Put It Into Practice

Put It Into Practice

Develop a Lesson Plan

In this activity, you will use the research-based principles presented in the lecture and your readings to develop a lesson plan for teaching comprehension strategy.

First watch the workshop participants design a lesson plan for the story Stone Soup in grade-level groups. As you watch, note the issues the workshop participants considered in their planning. Use the video image below to locate where to begin viewing.

Video Segment.

Develop a Lesson Plan

Jeanne R. Paratore.

Find this segment approximately 40 minutes after the begining of the video. Watch for about 9 minutes.

Before planning your lesson:

  1. Think about these questions based on the video segment:
    • How did the workshop participants' planning reflect the principles of explicit and strategic instruction?
    • What should you consider when selecting books to teach?
    • How would you have changed or modified the instruction to meet the needs of your students?
  2. Review the principles of explicit and strategic instruction using Dr. Paratore's lecture posters and your notes.
  3. Print the Lesson Plan Template (PDF) and use it to develop your lesson.

Structure your lesson plan around a book you have taught or plan to teach to your students. Identify the comprehension strategy you want to target. When planning the different stages of your lesson, consider the following questions:

  1. Introduction of the Strategy
    • What supporting activities could you use to introduce the strategy?
    • How will you provide background knowledge? Introduce new vocabulary?
  2. Modeling and Demonstration
    • How will you model and demonstrate the strategy? Will you use other texts?
    • What support materials are needed?
  3. Guided Practice
    • How will you prepare students to read the selection?
    • How will you scaffold student learning as they use the strategy in their reading? How will students respond to their reading using the strategy?
  4. Independent Practice
    • How will students apply the strategy independently?
    • What activities will allow them to apply the strategy concept? How will they demonstrate effective strategy use?

Submit your lesson plan.


© Annenberg Foundation 2017. All rights reserved. Legal Policy