Generating Interactions between Schemata and Text
" Iowa Approved Reading Strategy..."




PowerPoint describing types of Questions, Graphic Organizers, and Summarizing with links to web sites for specific strategies and teaching methods.


Iowa Department of Education
 Description, Rationale, Instructional Sequence, and References for
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GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Use in Any Content Area

GIST - worksheet template

Scaffolding Comprehension Strategies Using Graphic Organizers

Contains student objectives, lesson plans and “downloadable” handouts for the GIST Strategy

The Gettysburg Address Close Reading Activity

Middle and high school students should be able to do a close reading of the Gettysburg Address by using the Pre-AP strategy called SOAPSTone. Print a copy of the Address. Then, ask students to identify and discuss the following:

  1. The Speaker of the text
  2. The Occasion of the speech
  3. The Audience (both present and after it was distributed)
  4. The Purpose that Lincoln had in delivering it
  5. The Subject matter discussed
  6. The Tone of the piece

Strategy Overview and Directions

Lesson format chart             Student Template worksheet

Additional Information on SOAPSTONE strategy

The SOAPSTone graphic organizer provides students with a strategy for analyzing any text or film. It is an acronym to help students identify main idea and point of view in a text in an organized fashion. It also as provides an opportunity for students to compare and contrast differing views. By using SOAPSTone as a basis for analysis, students will discover that a speech, poem or story is carefully structured, and they will look to the details of the text to support their analyses.

SOAPSTone: Graphic Organizer Examples    

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