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In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the themes, settings, and characters in stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will use writing and speaking to compare and contrast elements of books from the same author including themes, characters, and settings.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will gather information from print, take brief notes on source, and sort evidence into provided categories.
31 to 60 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Books by the same author with the same or similar characters. Examples include:
A Chair for Mother and Something Special by Vera B. Williams
Junkyard Wonders and Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare and My Rotten, Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
Dear Mrs. LaRue and LaRue for Mayor by Mark Teague
The Table Where Rich People Sit and The Desert Is Theirs by Byrd Baylor
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride and Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
Attached graphic organizer
Chart Paper with Patricia Polacco written across top
Peer Evaluation Rubric (attached)
Technology Resources Needed:
Computer with Internet Access
Digital Projector or Interactive Whiteboard
Patricia Polacco Interview
Check website to insure it is still available
Make copies of attached graphic organizer (one per student of both Patricia Polacco graphic organizer and Blank graphic organizer)
Gather books by same author (one set per group of students)
Make copies of attached Peer Evaluation Rubric (four copies per student)
Before Strategy: Video/Jot Notes
Students will watch a video of an interview with Patricia Polacco and jot notes on sticky pads of interesting facts. After watching the video, students will turn and talk with a partner about their jot notes. Teacher will call on random students to share. Post sticky notes on chart paper labeled Patricia Polacco.
During Strategy: Jigsaw
Teacher will read Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare and My Rotten, Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco. Teacher and students will discuss how these stories are alike and different, and complete the attached graphic organizer which compares and contrasts elements from the two stories (We do).
Learning Groups: students will be placed into groups of four (mixed ability levels). Each group will be given two books by the same author with the same or similar characters. Each group will read the stories and discuss how they are alike and dfferent. Working together, each student in the group will complete the graphic organizer (Y'all do).
After Strategy: Jigsaw
Sharing Groups: Students from each group will number off 1-4. All number ones will go to a designated spot in the room with their graphic organizers; all number twos will go to another designated spot in the room with their graphic organizer; etc. Each new group should have a representative from each Learning Group. Students will use their graphic organizer to share the two stories they read and how they are alike and different.
Students will evaluate each other using the attached rubric.
Teacher observation as students are reading and discussing books.
Completed graphic organizer
Peer evaluation rubric
Students will be placed into groups so that all reading levels are represented. Students will have a peer helper within their group to help with difficult words and concepts. Teacher will meet with students who struggle with this concept for followup lessons on comparing and contrasting.
Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom
for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.