Understanding the Deep Reading Cycle in Imagine Reading

Each Imagine Reading unit includes a Deep Reading Cycle. The Deep Reading Cycle is a group of 6 passages or poetry studies that help students practice their reading skills paired with 6 teacher-led Power Sentence or Power Line Lessons that help students understand and develop academic language in each passage or poetry study. 


To facilitate the Deep Reading Cycle

Power Sentence Lesson Power Line Lesson

  1. Introduce your students to the Focus Question. Have your students watch the Focus Question video and answer the associated question.
  2. Teach the Power Sentence or Power Line Lesson.

    The Power Sentence Lesson is interactive, whole-class instruction centered around class discussion. Each Power Sentence Lesson identifies a single sentence from a passage of authentic text as a sample of academic language. The Power Line Lesson Protocol provides a structured method for teachers to help their students better understand the meaning of a poem by exploring imagery-rich lines.

  3. Have your students read the corresponding passage or poetry study independently and answer the in-text comprehension questions. Each passage or poetry study includes text, images, videos, annotations, and questions designed to support reading comprehension, creative thinking with more substance 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.

    Discussion questions are designed to provide opportunities for students to practice engaging in academic discourse, enjoy poems and also understand the strong messages hidden in the language. Students need to learn the techniques for academic communication, such as clarifying, elaborating, identifying common ground, respecting differences of opinion and use what they learned to develop their own writing and strengthen their poetic sensibilities.

  5. Review and grade student written responses.

    As students read the passages or poems in a unit, they answer comprehension questions within the passage or poetry study text. Imagine Reading automatically grades any closed item questions such as multiple-choice questions. Teachers must grade any open-ended, written question responses.