Answering Guiding Questions with Middle School ELLs

In this lesson, students read an excerpt from the novel Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck about a man who takes a road trip with his dog.

Teacher: Katie Soto
Grade: 7 and 8
School Name: Poughkeepsie Middle School, Poughkeepsie, NY

Answering guiding questions with middle school ELLs

In this lesson based on the novel Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck, students will engage in a close read of the text through the use of guiding and ...

Standards

Grade 7: Language Arts Standards

Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

  • Standard: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text. (RL.7.2)

Speaking & Listening Standards 6-12

  • Standard: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (SL.7.1)

Language Standards 6-12

  • Standard: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases. (L.7.6)

Lesson Summary

In this lesson, students will read an excerpt from the novel Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck about a man who takes a road trip with his dog.

The featured activity is focused on the second paragraph of the excerpt and illustrates strategies for answering guiding and supplementary questions with middle school English language learners.

Things to watch for:

  • Step-by-step instruction for answering supplementary and guiding questions
  • A variety of vocabulary instruction techniques
  • Informal assessment through the exit slip strategy
  • The use of tools such as context clues
  • A combination of pair work and whole class discussion
  • Multiple opportunities for student engagement