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Lesson Plan: Variety of Sources

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 5

Lesson Objective: To understand the importance of using a variety of sources and to utilize multiple sources in order to answer questions about a topic.

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7- Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.




  • When you are learning about something new, do you read about that topic in one place or many different places? (Allow the students to answer.)



  • When you want to learn about something new, you generally look for information about the topic you are trying to learn about in many different places because you want to learn as much information as you can.
  • Different authors have different parts of a topic that interest them.  For example, if you were reading articles about spiders, one author might write about how they spin webs and one author might write about how long spiders live. 
  • If you only read one of those articles about spiders, you would only get some information about them. 
  • When you read more than one article about the topic that you are interested in or learning about, you will get as much information about that topic as you can.
  • Sometimes, there may be information in different articles that is the same.  This is good because then you know that it is important to know. 
  • It is also important to read information from different sources to make sure that the information is correct.  If you read different information in different articles, you will know that one of the author’s was not correct and you will be able to do more research to find out what is true.
  • Now, you are going to read information about the sun from two different sources.  After you have finished reading, you will answer questions and then write a summary using the information that you read about.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share their answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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