Ch 10: Reading Comprehension: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.10

About This Chapter

Use the brief and engaging video lessons in this chapter to help your 11th and 12th grade students master reading strategies. These resources meet the Common Core literacy standards for history and social studies.

Standard: By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.10)

About This Chapter

You can use this chapter of quick lessons to bolster your students' abilities to read at the target level of complexity by the end of 12th grade. Guide their practice in the use of visualization, using context clues and understanding how to use inference. Upon completion, students can meet the following objectives:

  • Know when to use big picture reading or close reading strategies
  • Use visualization to gain meaning in reading
  • Use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to eke out meanings
  • Choose the correct reference materials for vocabulary support

You can tell if your students have attained this standard through their ability to discuss and respond in writing to select text reading assignments. Skill mastery for this standard and lessons can aid students in their college courses and careers that require the ability to understand written and spoken vocabulary.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Let the following lesson ideas accompany your regular curriculum to help meet the Common Core standards.


Pick a short piece of interesting text based in history/social studies. Using paper, board or technology, teachers can illustrate scenes visualized/imagined to accompany text being read aloud. For teachers not artistically inclined, the presentation could be planned ahead by using graphics gleaned through other means. Discuss what observers might understand about the reading that visualization helped to solidify.

Instructors might then choose another brief selection, this time just 'talking through' what is being visualized. For homework, students could be asked to choose scenes from a text and draw or write about what they see in their 'minds' eyes' and tell how that aided their reading comprehension.

Have Any Priors?

Your students know more than they realize! Share a short selection containing subject matter to match knowledge held by most of your students, possibly tied to your local region. As a large group, dissect the text, compiling a list of words that might not be understood by someone living on the opposite end of the country or by those with very different backgrounds or interests.

Range of Reference

Share the lesson about reference materials. Building upon the words noted in the previous lesson, address one word at a time and decide as a group whether a dictionary, thesaurus or glossary would be the best place for someone unfamiliar with the word to begin the search.

Then have students share another small text selection containing vocabulary unfamiliar to most in the classroom. Having divided your class into three sections, one portion will hold dictionaries, one part will have thesauruses and the final third will have access to a glossary for the text. Task students to compete, as each word is named, to see who can discover the word's meaning first. Also, discuss other possible reference materials, books vs. online references, using people as references, etc.

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