Classroom Environment Lesson Structure Assessment Sample Comprehension Lessons

“Monitor Your Thinking”

Sample Lesson: Monitoring Comprehension Strategy

Monitor Prior to Viewing, See Introduction to Monitoring Comprehension

Purposes of the Lesson:

  • Encourage and support students to notice, verbalize, and record their own thinking while listening to a story;
  • Familiarize students with types of thinking that proficient readers use

Lesson Segment
(Video Clip)
Segment Focus
Questions to Consider While Viewing (Links to Facilitator Notes for PLC)
Teacher Commentary
(Video Clip)
Supporting Documents
Lesson Introduction Become familiar with the book and lesson plan Lesson Introduction (4:44)










Connect/Engage (4:53)
  • Explain the strategy focus of the lesson;
  • Build/activate background knowledge and motivation for reading the text;
  • Establish or practice procedures/routines
Connect/Engage (4:51)
Model (3:34)
  • Read aloud and stop at strategic points to think aloud
  • Model how to record thinking
  • Use turn and talk to assess understanding and involve students
Model (5:13)
Guided Practice 1 (7:46)
  • Continue to read aloud. Children record their own thinking and turn and talk;
  • Gradually shift responsibility for thinking and recording thinking from teacher to students;
  • Confer with students as they work.
How does the teacher help the students’ transition to developing and recording their own thinking? Guided Practice 2 (4:26)
Guided Practice 2 (7:17)
Independent Practice (7:05)
  • Students work on applying the strategy(ies) on their own or with a partner
  • Teacher confers – listening, scaffolding, and teaching into each student’s needs
Independent Practice (4:34)
Share and Closure (3:53)
  • Teach, reinforce, and/or utilize established routines to provide a respectful and supportive environment for sharing thinking
  • Reinforce important ideas from the lesson and encourage their future use
Share and Closure (1:35)
Analyzing Student Work Teacher/colleague analysis of student work Analyzing Student Work (6:57)
Lesson Reflection Teacher/colleague discussion about the lesson Lesson Reflection (7:54)