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Unit: ELA: Reading:

Comprehension Strategies:
Grade 7
Sample Lesson 1:
Foreshadowing and Prediction

Teaching Point

I can engage with and comprehend a text by interpreting foreshadowing and making

I can identify euphemisms and their purpose in a text and in society.

Supporting Learning Targets


Make predictions by interpreting foreshadowing in the novel The Giver.

Respond to their reading by depicting predictions in the form of a graphic novel page.
Define and identify euphemisms in text and in society.
Analyze why we use euphemisms and why an author might use euphemisms.


7.5f - Use prior and background knowledge as a context for new learning.
7.4f - Extend general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and
7.5l - Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process

Vocabulary Materials

Foreshadowing Class set of The Giver

Prediction Euphemism Rapid Research Handout
Euphemism Euphemism Sentence Starters Handout
The Giver Foreshadowing Comic Strip Worksheet
Crayons/Colored Pencils/Markers
Post in Google Classroom: Euphemism Sentence Starters
Handout and The Giver Foreshadowing Comic Strip

Unit: ELA: Reading:
Comprehension Strategies:
Grade 7
Sample Lesson 1:
Foreshadowing and Prediction


Opening/Motivation (5 minutes)

The teacher will show a picture of a waiter carrying a very large, very full tray in a very
crowded restaurant. The teacher will ask the students to take in the details of the image.
After about 1-2 minutes of viewing, the teacher will ask the students to make predictions
about what might happen in this scene. The class will have a brief discussion about the clues
that led to their predictions.

Teach/Model (I will/we will) (10 minutes)

Mini-Lesson: Foreshadowing and Predicting

The teacher will provide the students with a familiar excerpt from The Giver. The teacher will
explain that the author purposely leaves clues in the text about events that may occur later
on in the story; this technique is called foreshadowing. These clues encourage the reader to
make predictions. The teacher will conduct a think aloud, reading the excerpt, identify the
clues, and making a prediction. The teacher will provide a second excerpt and will ask the
students if they can take a moment to reread the excerpt, identify the foreshadowing clues,
and make a prediction about what might happen in the text. 2-3 students will share their
predictions and briefly justify their predictions.

Sample Excerpts:
But it means, his mother went on, that youll move into a new group. And each of your
friends will. Youll no longer be spending your time with your group of Elevens. After the
Ceremony of Twelve, youll be with your Assignment group, with those in training. No more
volunteer hours. No more recreation hours. So your friends will no longer be as close (Lowry

Though he had been reassured by the talk with his parents, he hadnt the slightest idea
what Assignment the Elders would be selecting for his future, or how he might feel about it
when the day came (Lowry 19).

Unit: ELA: Reading:
Comprehension Strategies:
Grade 7
Sample Lesson 1:
Foreshadowing and Prediction

Independent Practice (You will) (45 minutes)

Whole Class Reading/Individual Record Keeping:

Throughout the exposition (Ch 1-4), the students have been practicing annotation by
making text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections, a skill learned in a previous
lesson. The students will continue to practice the skill of annotation by identify and marking
foreshadowing clues in the text and noting their predictions. These annotations will lead to
class discussion about why Lowry chooses to use foreshadowing, what predictions the
students are making, and why making predictions helps a reader comprehend a text. (The
teacher should build in planned pauses for students to annotate, as annotation is a new skill
that requires moments of undivided attention.)

Writing about Reading:

Students will create comic strips, retelling the flashback in which the apple changes. After
drawing their comic strip panels, students will analyze the foreshadowing clues depicted in
this scene and make predictions based on the clues they collected.

Collaborative Work/Word Study (20 Min.) Differentiation

Rapid Research Center: Drawing for visual

Look up the word euphemism. What are some examples of learners
euphemisms that we use in our lives? (Hint: You can do a Peer mentoring
Google search for examples of euphemisms. Can you think of during
a euphemism that is used in Jonas community? Why do you collaborative work
consider it a euphemism? Follow the sentence starters below to Sentence starters
construct a well-developed paragraph about the use of provide students
euphemism in The Giver. with a starting
point to express
Sentence 1: Define euphemism: Sentence starter: The term their findings.
euphemism means
Sentence 2-4: Clarify with examples: Sentence starter:
Euphemisms are common in our society. An example of a
euphemism that we use is (Also explain what the euphemism
really means.)
Sentence 5-6: Sentence starter: An example of euphemism in
The Giver is (Explain what you think the euphemism really
Sentence 7: Why do you think they use this softer/more

Unit: ELA: Reading:
Comprehension Strategies:
Grade 7
Sample Lesson 1:
Foreshadowing and Prediction

pleasant term? (Restate question for complete sentence: I think
they use this more pleasant term because)

Possible student responses:

Released, Nurturer, Elders

Closing/Share (10 minutes)

Invite students to share their responses. 2-3 students will share their comic strips and
predictions. 2-3 students share their euphemism discoveries.