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At Harriet Tubman Elementary in Newark, New Jersey, 5th grade teacher Yvonne Copprue-McLeod teaches a lesson about reading comprehension and answering open-ended questions using textual evidence.

Ms. Copprue-McLeod’s strategy for her lesson is to have students work in groups, using specific details from the text to draw inferences and answer a question about how the main character in the text is feeling. This lesson is aligned with multiple 5th grade Common Core ELA standards (RL.5.1, RF.5.4, SL.5.1, SL.5.4).

Throughout the lesson, Ms. Copprue-McLeod observes her students’ discussions and helps them by stepping in where necessary to clarify a point or to ask guiding questions that will help students dive deeper into the text.

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