Critical Thinking Drawing Conclusions Graphic Organizer

Strategies for Critical Thinking and Synthesizing (con't)

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  • Review, Write, Rate and Revise - elementary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library System
  • Review Your Notes ... elemetary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library System
  • Revise! - secondary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library System
  • Secondary Literacy: Classroom Literacy Strategies/Resources (Ministry of Education, Wellington, New Zealand ) Great bibliography of web resources to teach literacy.
  • ( Arizona State University West ) ...a very practical guide using Post-It notes and a clustering process. See benefits of this model.
  • 7 Critical Reading Strategies Previewing, contextualizing, questioning to understand and remember, reflecting, and others.
  • The Reading - Mosaic Reading Tools - This source includes a WEALTH of resource for all kinds of ideas and strategies to increase student reading comprehension competencies. Resources include lesson plans, assessments, worksheets, and even PowerPoint presentation.
  • SQ3R(Learning Object -© 2005 Wisc-Online) This activity explains the SQ3R technique which learners can apply immediately in their reading of text assignments. It explains independent and cooperative learning strategies to support retention of the material.
  • Strategies for Effective Use of Science Reading Materials ( Salt Lake City School District) Includes before, during, and after strategies for K-6, 7-8, and 9-12.
  • Summary Writing (Learning Object -© 2005 Wisc-Online) Students demonstrate an understanding of summary writing by reading step-by-step instructions and then summarizing short paragraphs. Examples of summaries that are poorly written, as well as those that are written well, are included.
  • Technology Integration Resources for [Reading Comprehension] Strategies That Work (Harvey and Goudvis) Outstanding resource that provides web and print resources to teach the following reading strategies to primary, intermediate, and upper level students: Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing; Inferring, Determining Importance, Synthesizing. Includes links to examples, handouts, articles, and lessons.
  • Time to Create! ... elementary research process tutorial from the Oregon State Library Information System
  • Twenty Best-Practices to Teach Reading Strategies (Journey North) Activate Prior Knowledge | Adjust Reading Rate/Rereading | Ask Questions: Before, During, and After Reading | Classify or Categorize Information | Compare and Contrast Ideas | Distinguish Facts from Opinions | Identify and Analyze Text Structure | Identify Author’s Purpose: Why Did the Author Write the Selection? | Identify Author’s Viewpoint: What Does the Author Think? | Identify Main Ideas and Supporting Details | Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions | Make Generalizations | Make and Refine Predictions | Paraphrase/Retell | Recognize Cause and Effect Relationships | Sequence Events | Summarize Information | Synthesize New Information
  • Introduction to Syntheses Michigan State University
  • Write What You've Learned - elementary research process tutoiral from the Oregon State Library System
  • Writer's Toolbox For Building Arguments (Allyn & Bacon) A great source that prompts students to think critically about what they read. Checklists are provided to assist with preparing arguments in preparation for writing. Some are Analyzing Sources of Disagreement | Determining the Core of an Argument | Determining Claim Types.
  • Writing a Topic Outline(Learning Object -© 2001 Wisc-Online) Students will read a mini-lesson and apply information from the mini-lesson to an activity using the outline template provided. As a result, the learner will develop and submit a word-processed outline for a speech.

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Help students practice the skill of using story details to draw conclusions with this detailed 3-day mini-unit. This resource includes drawing conclusion passages, engaging worksheets, and graphic organizers to help students draw conclusions while reading.

Filled with hands-on learning activities, practice reading passages, and direct instruction guides, it’s the perfect resource to help students hone their critical thinking skills. Through creative activities like a Suitcase Investigation, “Draw” a conclusion activity, and Group Puzzle exercise, students will become actively involved in their learning. Direct instruction on how to draw conclusions using textual evidence further develops students’ reading comprehension skills. Five original reading passages also help students master the skill of drawing conclusions. This mini-unit not only engages students in their learning, but also helps them truly develop this critical reading comprehension skill.

This detailed Drawing Conclusions Mini-Unit includes:
• 3 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans
• “Where did they go?” worksheet
• 6 Travel Clue Cards
• “DRAW” a Conclusion activity
• 3 sets of detail puzzle pieces
• Guided Notes
• 3 Short Practice Passages
• Question Stems Graphic Organizer
• Fact and Opinion Table Sort
• Reading Passage with Support Practice
• Nonfiction Passage and Questions
• Writing Activity
• Partner Response for Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions Mini-Unit Keys:
- All keys for student work and instruction

FYI: This unit is also included in BUNDLES. You can check them out here:

--- Reading Comprehension Skills - Mini-Unit Bundle! Drawing Conclusions, Author's Purpose, and Fact & Opinion

---Reading Comprehension Skills - MEGA BUNDLE! 9 Mini-Units! Making Inferences, Finding the Main Idea, Predicting, Context Clues, Sequencing, Cause and Effect, Drawing Conclusions, Fact & Opinion and Author’s Purpose

--- Reading Comprehension Skills - ULTIMATE BUNDLE - 12 Mini-Units! Making Inferences, Finding the Main Idea, Predicting, Context Clues, Sequencing, Cause and Effect, Drawing Conclusions, Fact & Opinion, Author's Purpose, Summarizing, Point of View, and Compare & Contrast

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