Once students have completed their warm-ups for the day, they will go on to receive a handout about text features. They will attempt to define the purpose of the different types of text features on their own. When they finish, we will go over them together to determine what the actual stated purpose is.
From there we will read the selection "Syria's Civil War Explained" as a class. We will determine the central idea of each section as well as what text features are being used throughout the piece. Finally, students will work individually or in groups of 2 to answer a series of multiple choice questions about the selection.
Students who finish the selection before the end of the class period will be asked to complete the same steps using "Want to Get into College? Learn to Fail."