Lesson 3

Prediction Strategy
Lesson 3
To forecast the Prediction Strategy and integrate
strategies previously learned
To provide a model for the “C” Step
To practice the “C” step on a variety of
To continue learning vocabulary
Warm-up – 5 minutes:
Thinking Reading – 20 minutes: Chapter
Learn the “C” Step – 25 minutes:
Practice the “C” Step – 30 minutes:
Vocabulary – 20 Minutes: Set 2, the first 5
6. Wrap-Up – 5 minutes:
3 Things to Do in 5
Keywonie and Zanasia pass out the novel The Bully.
1. In the following excerpt, what does the word clutches
“We freshmen.” Darrell turned the phase over in his mind. . .
He held on to that simple phrase the way a drowning
person clutches a rope.
a. Plays with
c. grabs tightly
b. Lets go of
d. twirls
2. In the following excerpt, what does the word deliberately
[Tyray] deliberately stepped on Darrell’s foot…”Whoops,
sorry,” Tyray said, acting as innocent as possible. N
Warm-up: 11/19/12
1. On page 5 of the novel Darrel is thinking to himself
about having to move. Read the text below
determine the meaning of the underlined word.
Write a sentence that describes what the word
“Home. What a mockery that word was now, Darrell
thought. Home was an empty apartment with boxes
in the middle of the floor, packed for the move to
2. Write about a time that you felt like your home was no
lo longer a home, but just a building. You must write
at least 4 complete sentences.
Thinking Reading – 20 Minutes
The Bully – Chapter 1
Learn the “C” Step 25 Minutes
Now that you have a general idea of the Prediction
Strategy, let’s begin learning it. Today we will
start with the first step.
C heck for clues
I’ll describe the step and explain what everything
means, and then I’ll demonstrate it. Once you
have heard a bout the step and seen it in action,
we will practice it together, with partners, and
individually until you can use it with ease. Do you
have any questions?
Learn the “C”1. Step
Fill in the outline as we discuss it.
heck for clues
2. There are 4 steps in the Prediction
Strategy. The first step is the “C”
Step – Check for Clues. Write that
by the “C” now.
3. During the “C” Step, you act like a
detective and check several places
for clues about the reading
selection. You do this before you
read and while you read.
4. Before you actually begin to read,
the place you should check for
clues is in the Title. Please write
the word Title on the first line
under Check for Clues.
5. What can a title of a story or article
tell you about a reading selection?
Topic - A Brother in Arms –brothers
who are some ways fighting each
other. Always ask yourself what
the title suggests. Then you should
ask yourself what do I already
know about the topic?
Use the “C” Step on these Titles
Dark Lord, The Early Years
Sarlett Dedd
Cathy Brett
What does the title
What do you already
know about the topic?
The second place you check for
clues is in the Author’s name.
Write Author on the second line
under Check for Clues
How can the Author’s name give
you clues about what you are
Many authors always write about
the same things or use the same
style of writing. Stephen King is
known for his horror stories.
What do the Authors Make You Think
Suzanne Collins
Rick Riordan
Stephenie Meyer
Jeff Kinney
Pictures or Visual Clues
Pictures or Visual CLues
Reading Clues
“Walking home, Darrell felt a little better about
California. Amberlynn was really nice. Maybe there
were other kids at Bluford like her. Maybe it would
be okay after all. Tyray and his friends might not be
in any of his classes. They might even forget all
about him. Darrell hoped there would be someone
like Malik in Bluford.
1. What is the main idea of this passage? Include
details from the passage that support the main
“Look at the top of the score sheet. Here
you will fill in the reader’s name, the
coach’s name, the number of the passage
being read, and the date.”
“The reader is the person who will be
using the step. For example, when I show
you how to use the “C” Step in a few
minutes the reader will be me. The coach
is the person who is watching the reader
use the step. Thus, when you watch
someone use a step, YOU will be the
“Your job as coach is to record whether
the reader actually demonstrtates each
element of the step. Those elements are
written in the middles of the score sheet
under the phrase Did the reader. For
example, with the “Check for Clues’ Step, if
I demonstrated or mention one of the
things listed under Did the reader, you
place an X next to that item.”
“Once the reader is done with this step,
the coach will add up the X’s and put the
total number in the section called the
‘Total points earned.’ Then, the coach will
check the percentage chart on the page to
determine the percentage correct and give
the score sheet to the reader.”
“Based upon the results of the score sheet,
the reader will write a goal for improving
his or her use of this step at the bottom of
the sheet. For example, if I didn’t check
for a particular type of clue, I’d write a goal
about remembering to do this.”
“Does anyone have any questions about
this process?”
“I’m now going to model the ‘Check for Clues’ Step. By
model, I mean that I am going to show you how to use
the step. As I do this, I will think aloud so you can hear
and understand what I am thinking. If I were doing this
step by myself, I would think silently. Please watch
carefully as I model this step, because in a few minutes
you will be expected to use it, too.
“During my model, I expect you to listen to what I say and
observe what I do. This is just like watching a movie. You
watch a movie and when it is over, you share your
thoughts with other people about what you saw. You’ll
do the same here. After I model, you’ll share your
thoughts on how well I used the strategy.”
“Does this mean you can talk while I am
“What can you do while I am modeling?”
“Any questions?”
Remember to fill out the score
sheet for the “C” Step while I
“To check for clues, I first look at
the title, Fueling up on Fumes.
Hmmmm, that sounds like the
passage might be about some kind
of gas.”
“Second, I look at the author’s
name: Dina Betts. I don’t know
anything about her, so that
doesn’t tell me much.”
Next, when I look at the picture, I
see someone using a gas pump
called Garbage Super. Maybe the
article will be about using garbage
to power a car.”
“Now, I look for reading clues. I
see the phrase organic kitchen and
garden waste has been bold faced.
The words biogas and fuel also
appear several times in the
passage, so I bet these things are
important to the story.”
Now, let’s look at the score sheet.
Did everyone put an X by each
What is my percentage score?
Do you have any questions about
how to use the score sheet?
Everyone gets a copy of this.
You will now use the “C” Step with me on this
“First, when do you check for clues: before,
during, or after reading a passage?
Before and during
What’s the first thing you look for when
checking for clues?
The title
What can a title tell you about a passage?
The topic
What’s the second thing you look for when
checking for clues?
The author
How can an author’s name give you clues?
Do you see an author’s name with this
What’s the fourth thing you look for when
checking for clues?
What reading clues do you see in this passage?
Self sticking notes, squares of colored paper,
peeled off, 1968
What would you do if you couldn't find any
reading clues?
Read the first paragraph.
Groups: These groups are nonnegotiable.
Group 1: Keywonie and Karon
Group 2: Demarion and Taishon
Group 3: Zanassia and Darius
Group 4: Zazjah and Shadon
Group 5: Josh and Yatziri
Group 6: Gregory H. and Gregory C.
Pairs Practice
Students will
need the
Student Book
and several
copies of the
score sheet.
Now it is time to practice this step
with your partner. You and your
partner will both take turns being
both the reader and the coach.
As the reader, your job is to use the
“C” Step just like I did in my model.
That means you should think aloud
as you check for each type of clue.
Even if you don’t see one of the clues
– for example, pictures or an
author’s name – you should say this
so your partner doesn’t think you
have forgotten about it. Also, if you
find any reading clues, read the first
paragraph, or if the paragraph is
long, at least a few sentences. You
may use your outline of the “Check
for clues” Step if you wish. Your goal
is to practice this step to proficiency.
That means you must earn a score of
100 percent on your score sheet.
Any questions?
As the coach, your job is to listen
carefully to the reader and place an X
in front of each item on the score
sheet that you hear the reader
mention. Once the reader has finished
using the “C” Step, count the total
number of X’s and figure out the
corresponding percentage. Be sure to
write that percentage, plus the
reader’s name, your name, the date,
and the passage number on the score
sheet. Then, give that score sheet to
the reader and provide feedback about
what he or she did well and what
needs to be worked on.
Reader’s, once you get this score sheet
from your partner, write a goal for your
continued use of that strategy and
record your score on your Practice
Record Form. If you need help doing
this, raise your hand, and I’ll help you.
Finally, switch places as reader and
coach, and repeat this whole process
with the same passage. If you need
additional practice to do this, use one
of the other passages at the same level
in your student book.”
Individual Practice
Student’s practice with you, at the same level assigned.
Complete a score sheet for the student.
Students record their scores on their Practice Record Forms in the individual section.
Add student scores to the Progress monitoring for individual Steps. This will enable
you to see which passages you scored and which the student scored.
If below 100 accuracy, give positive and corrective feedback. Have student work with
you using a new passage at the same level until they reach 100% accuracy.
Once the student scores 100% accuracy, have the student practice the “C” Step on a
passage at a higher level with you. Try to move the students up at least two levels
above their starting level prior to teaching the next step of the strategy.
Have students repeat the partner and individual practice with materials above their
instructional level until you are ready to begin the next lesson.
Work on vocabulary and book study, if not doing partner work, as you do individual
No warm-up. Get your binders and practice the “C”
step with your partners. Remember to log your
answers. Everyone should start with 1A until you
reach 100% proficiency with the “C” step.
Once you reach 100% proficiency, see Mrs. Dixon
one at a time. I will do an individual practice with
you. After that, do the 7-step vocabulary process
on the 1st five words for set 2.
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