Lesson components and the Deep Reading cycle in Imagine Reading and Imagine Lectura


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Each unit in Imagine Reading and Imagine Lectura includes a Deep Reading cycle. The Deep Reading cycle is a group of 6 passages that helps students practice their reading skills paired with 6 teacher-led Power Sentence Lessons that help students understand and develop academic language. Dictado lessons are also included in the Deep Reading cycle for Imagine Lectura.


The entire suggested lesson flow for Imagine Reading and Imagine Lectura is as follows:

  1. Introduce your students to the unit's Focus Question. Have your students watch the Focus Question video and answer the associated question.
  2. Before students read the first passage in the unit, teach the Power Sentence Lesson (Imagine Reading/Imagine Lectura) or Power Line Lesson (Imagine Reading only).

    The Power Sentence/Power Line Lessons are interactive, whole-class instruction led by a Teacher. Each Power Sentence Lesson identifies a single sentence from a passage of authentic text as a sample of academic language. The Power Line Lesson helps students better understand the meaning of a poem by exploring imagery-rich lines.

  3. Have your students independently read the passage corresponding to the Power Sentence/Power Line Lesson and answer the in-text comprehension questions. Each passage or poetry study includes images, videos, annotations, and questions designed to support reading comprehension and reinforce the Focus Question for that unit.
  4. Facilitate a class discussion about the passage or poetry study using the Discussion Questions on the Passage Overview page. The questions provide opportunities for students to practice academic discourse, enjoy their reading, and uncover the messages hidden in the language. Students learn techniques for academic communication such as clarifying, elaborating, identifying common ground, and respecting differences of opinion. 
  5. Review and grade student written responses.

    As students read the passages or poems in a unit, they answer comprehension questions within the texts. Imagine Reading and Imagine Lectura automatically grade the closed item questions such as multiple-choice questions. Teachers must grade the open-ended, written responses.

  6. Imagine Lectura only: Teachers lead the Dictado lesson to practice grammar, mechanics, and spelling.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for the remaining 5 passages in the unit.
  8. Optional: Have students complete a Synthesis Project to conclude the unit.