1. As students enter the classroom, they will complete the Bellringer on the board. The Bellringer asks, What makes a hero? After approximately five minutes, allow the students to share their thoughts.
2. Define the term hero.
3. Distribute "Thank You Ma'am". As a pre-reading activity, allow students to ponder briefly over what the title could mean. (See attachment)http://photos.state.gov/libraries/hochiminh/646441/vantt/Thank%20You_%20Ma_am.pdf
4. After a brief discussion, the students will listen and read along silently as you read the story aloud. As you read, point out key elements throughout the story.
5. The students will select whether they want to be Roger or Mrs. Jones. Once selections are made, they will do the following:
a. List character traits of "themselves" in their new role.
b. Determine what the main idea of the text is.
c. Rewrite the beginning and the ending of the story from the perspective of their chosen character.
d. Share their rewrites with their partner.
6. Once the class is brought together, the exit activity will require the students to answer the following question on a sheet a paper:
- In three to five sentences, explain why Mrs. Jones would be considered a hero. Caution students to descrbe how she demonstrated heroic traits.
1. As students enter the classroom, allow them time to complete the Bellringer on the board. The bellringer states: How would your mother/grandmother have handled Roger in the same situation? After approximately five minutes, allow the class to briefly share their thoughts.
2. Students will need to rejoin their partner for this portion of the activity. Once students are in their groups they will complete the following:
a. Complete the Venn Diagram comparing/contrasting Roger and Mrs. Jones (Teacher will distribute the handout for a guide; however, students must create this on their own paper). Teacher will also redistribute copies of the story. http://timvandevall.com/printable-venn-diagram-template/
b. On the back of the initial Venn diagram, they will complete a Venn diagram comparing themselves to Roger or Mrs. Jones.
3. After students are done, the teacher will collect the completed diagrams for grading.
4. Reflecting on the story, the teacher will guide the students as they discuss quietly what the main idea of the story is. Students will work with their partners and share their views with the class.
5. As a closing activity, the students will take a quiz on the story.
1. As students enter the classroom, they are to take a copy of the poem "How Do you Spell Father?" and prepare to read along as a video of the poem is being shown on the computer. Students will be given the url to locate the site http://www.upworthy.com/watch-this-guy-misspell-father-at-a-spelling-bee-for-a-beautiful-reason-5
2. After viewing/reading the poem, students will discuss how realistic his definition of FATHER is to them.
3. As a culmunating activity, students will create a poem, following the guide of the Father poem for an in-class Poetry Slam.
4. For the remaining time, students will be allowed to work on their poems. The teacher will walk around for guidance and support.
5. Teacher will provide a rubric for students to follow as they continue writing their poems.