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Lesson Plan: Visual Information- Ellis Island

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 4

Lesson Objective: To understand that information in graphics contributes to the text that it is in

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7- Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.




  • How do pictures or charts help you when you are reading?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • When you are reading and there are pictures, charts or diagrams, it can help us to better understand what we are reading about.
  • Charts and graphs can help us to see information.  For example, if you are reading about different places and the amount of rain that they get, a chart or a graph could help show you the differences in the amount of rain.
  • Timelines are helpful graphics when you are reading about different events that happened in the past.  A timeline can help you to see when the events happened.
  • Other graphics that we sometimes see when we are reading are animations and pictures of old documents.
  • An old document is something that was written a long time ago.  Some examples are letters that were written, lists that were made and certificates showing when people were born and married.
  • Old documents are called primary sources.  A primary source is a document that shows what happened long ago by people who lived there.  Letters and diaries are examples of primary sources.
  • Now, you are going to be reading about Ellis Island and you will also see a primary source from Ellis Island.  After you have read the paragraph, you are going to answer questions.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your 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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