This Common Core aligned book study resource was created to accompany the book A Chair for My Mother
by Vera B. Williams. It includes vocabulary, comprehension questions, writing prompts and more!
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
• Vocabulary List
: This list includes words, definitions, and visuals for five key vocabulary words from the book. In my own classroom, I recopy this list onto chart paper and discuss and practice using the words with students before reading. This one page sheet is also perfect to display under a document camera or in literacy centers for reference. Students can also paste into vocabulary notebooks or create a matching game by cutting apart the words, definitions, and visuals.
• Comprehension Strips
: Comprehension strips allow students to practice returning to a text to find key information to answer specific questions. They are a fun alternative to a traditional question and answer worksheet and can be used as an individual or partner literacy center, in a scoot style game, or as a whole class activity when displayed under a document camera. Twelve comprehension strips and recording sheets (with and without handwriting lines) are included.
• Tracking Rosa’s Feelings
: Students will track changes in Rosa’s feelings throughout the story with words and pictures. They will use evidence from the story to support their answers.
• Deeper Thinking Questions
: These four open-ended questions were created for use with literature circles, partner discussion, or Socratic dialogues. These could also be adapted for use as open-ended writing prompts. Color and black and white versions are included.
• Saving Up Paragraph Writing
: Students will write a paragraph about something they would like to save up for. A paragraph planner and writing paper (with and without handwriting lines) are provided.
• Dream Chair Descriptive Writing Prompt
: Students will draw and describe their own dream chair with as many details as they can. Two writing paper options (with and without handwriting lines) are provided.
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 1:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.2: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.6: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 2:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.6: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).
This pack addresses the following Common Core Standards for Grade 3:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).
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