readers must be taught to apply skills and strategies to help them comprehend,
make meaning, and draw conclusions. This
author study is designed to review
or introduce the importance of “making meaning”
while reading. Throughout this
unit students review the question,
“What do good readers do?” as they apply imperative reading skills to aid in
making meaning from the text.
unit focuses on…
character traits and understanding how characters change throughout a story.
the Central Message
story elements and determining the problem, solution, and steps to solve the
think of her. She refuses to eat Lima beans because others will laugh and she
picking out her clothes. By the end of
the story, Camilla learns a lesson and realizes that she should not worry about
what others think and
do what makes her happy. This is the perfect story to review character traits and how important events cause characters to change throughout a story.
She doesn’t have the tricks to be a real fairy. For now, she will just be a
fiction rather than fantasy. Alice
“pretends” to be a fairy by doing things such as using her wings to run fast,
pretending her dad is a horse, and using her wand to make leaves fall.
said, “Sometimes I use my wand
to disappear. But that’s kind of
scary.” I DID NOT show the pictures. Students used the response sheet to draw their own mental images. Their ideas included she turned off the lights, she hid under covers, she covered her
eyes, she hid in the closet, etc. I liked this activity because not only did my kiddos create mental pictures, but they also had to infer. No one
drew a picture of Alice actually disappearing! Otherwise, the story would be fantasy.