Critical Reading Lesson Plan - Lower Division Sociology
A lesson plan for a 45-minute lower-division Sociology class. The texts used in the plan are Elijah Anderson (1999) Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City and Thomas L. McNulty and Paul E. Bellair (2003), “Explaining Racial and Ethnic Differences in Serious Adolescent Violent Behavior,” which the students were to have read in advance.
Introduce students to critical reading skills to support their ability to complete the readings and extract important topics and ideas. Have students practice critical reading skills: 1) identify key elements of a text, 2) reflect on how methods, structure, and presentation impact their reception of a text’s arguments, and 3) become more comfortable sharing their experiences with each other and considering how and why different people have different reactions to the same text.