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Lesson Plan

Analyzing Textbook Formats
Subject: Literacy
Grade span: 9 to 12
Duration: One to three 15- to 30-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: One-on-One and Small Group Tutoring


Because students learn to read using fiction texts, they commonly lack understanding of the very different principles guiding the organization of nonfiction texts. Provide students with an invaluable study skill by tutoring them to: recognize different structures and formats for nonfiction; use common features to find information; read graphs, charts, and illustrations; and navigate through several texts to locate information on one focused topic. Students will respond best to this work if they select a favorite topic to explore. This activity can require one to three tutoring sessions of about thirty minutes.

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