Tuesday February 14/17

Happy Valentine’s Day
Today we’re going to begin with 15 minutes of silent reading. Be sure to log your reading in your portfolio when you’re done.

Then we’re going to move on to a self-assessment of your progress so far and set up next steps.

Our focus for the day will be on reading graphics.

Reading Graphic Texts

When you think of reading you probably think about words on a page or possibly a screen but we read images as well. Graphic texts can sometimes do a better job conveying information than words alone. We will practice reading a graphic text together. Then you will choose an infographics to read and then respond to by creating an information paragraph.

Tips for Reading a Graphic Text

  • Read all the labels and examine how they are related to the graphic. Each label has a purpose. The most important labels may be in capital letters, bold type, or a larger font.
  • Follow the arrows and lines. They may be used to show movement or direction, or connect to the things they name.
  • Look for the use of colour or symbols to emphasize important words and information. Some graphical texts have a legend or a key to explain the meaning of specific symbols and colours.
  • Study the image carefully. See if you recognize the details in the image. Read the text near the picture to find an explanation of the information in the graphic. Use the figure number or title and key words to find and read the related information in the written text.
  • Identify the relationships among the visuals and information presented

We will practice applying these strategies to the following infographic

Then we’ll look at how you identify the main idea and supporting details in a graphic organizer using this exemplar: Main Idea and Supporting Details Exemplar

You will apply reading strategies and complete a graphic organizer for either this infographic: 

Or this one: 


Handouts for today:


Main Idea and Supporting Details