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Read All About It

Farica King
Santa Rosa District Schools


Using a variety of magazines, students work cooperatively to determine the main idea of a text and how details help support the main idea.


The student determines a text's major ideas and how those ideas are supported with details.

The student states the author's purpose and relates it to specific details from the text.

The student uses conventions of punctuation (including but not limited to commas, colons, semicolon, quotation marks, apostrophes).

The student uses conventions of capitalization (including but not limited to the names of organizations, nationalities, races, languages, religions).


- Several copies of various types of magazines (preview magazines for controversial articles or advertisements)
- Download attached file -Read All About It-; make one copy for each cooperative group (file contains cooperative worker rating checklist and article questions for cooperative group, as well as scoring rubric)
- Overhead projector and markers
- Overhead transparency of the -Read All About It- article questions


1. Obtain several copies of various types of magazines.
2. Download the attached file, -Read All About It-.
3. Make copies of attached file. Only one copy of the article questions and scoring rubric per cooperative group is needed. Please note: each student will need his/her own individual copy of the cooperative worker rating checklist.
4. Gather overhead projector and overhead markers.
5. Make sure overhead is working properly.
6. Create a transparency of the article questions.
7. Preview all magazines for controversial materials and/or advertisments.
8. Assign students to cooperative groups.


(Prior to the beginning of class, divide students into cooperative learning groups.)

1. Using a magazine, discuss with students the intended audience for the magazine, what type of articles will probably be found inside, purpose of the publication, etc. Note the predictions on the overhead.

2. Glance through the magazine as a class to determine if the predictions noted were accurate.

3. Select one article from the magazine.

4. Using the overhead transparency of the article questions, disect the article selected and answer the questions together as a class. Record responses on the overhead transparency.


5. Pass out magazines to cooperative learning groups. (Try to have a variety of current magazines, such as: fishing/hunting magazines, home decor magazines, cooking magazines, current event magazines, etc.)

6. Provide each group with a copy of the article questions. Instruct students to complete the questions using the magazine provided. Remind students to use complete sentences, as well as correct grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

7. When the group has completed the article questions, have them fill out the cooperative worker rating checklist. The checklist should be turned in along with the group assignment. (If time permits, allow the cooperative groups to share their questions/answers with the class.)

8. Assess the article questions/answer sheet and the cooperative worker rating checklist.


Review each cooperative group's answers and rating checklists. Use the attached scoring rubric to evaluate student answers. Students should be able to determine the major ideas of the text and locate details that support the main idea. Students should also have used conventions of punctuation and grammar when completing the worksheets. Students will need practice in order to be able to do this individually. Offer much feedback and guidance, as well as many opportunites to practice this skill.
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