Lesson Plan : Making Predictions

Teacher Name:
 Hobart
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Making Predictions
Content:
 Language Arts
Goals:
 Students will, on average, achieve 80% mastery of this class objective which will assist them to be more fluent readers and improve their reading comprehension.
Objectives:
 Students will be able to make initial predictions about the story's plot based upon the title and cover art.
Materials:
 Graphic organizer and overheads of CD covers.
Introduction:
 Do Now: Teacher puts up a picture of a CD cover on the overhead. Teacher tell students the name of the CD and the artist and asks students to consider what genre of music and possible themes of the songs, etc. After briefly discussing what students came up with, teacher asks students to consider what they used to make their predictions. Explains that using just the cover and title of CDs OR books can help us make initial predictions about what we're going to read.
Development:
 Teacher write the definition of predication on the board. A prediction is a statement or claim that a particular event will occur in the future. Predictions are made before you read a story and it is okay to be wrong when making predictions. Good readers make predictions because it encourages you to think about and anticipate whether certain events in a story will or will not happen. This helps focus the reader to better understand what they do read because they have certain expectations identified before beginning to read.
Practice:
 Teacher pulls out a common magazine and thinks aloud about what he thinks will be the main themes or events in the issue. Teacher asks for student input as they think out loud about what predictions they make and what about the title and cover art leads them to make these specific predictions.
Accommodations:
 Reading materials used for independent practice will vary based upon instructional level. More time given to those who need it.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher circulates classroom to read students predictions and asks students to turn in their graphic organizers.
Closure:
 Teacher brings the class back together and asks class to recap what they learned today.
Evaluation:
 Graphic Organizer and ask students to make a prediction on the next Language arts unit test in the same format.
Teacher Reflections:
 Did students master the objective? For the students who did, why? For the students who didn't, why not? What about the lesson can be improved?

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