Theme (Chester's Way)
This lesson teaches students how to think deeply about theme using the book Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes. (You'll need the book; I was able to check it out from a public library.)
1. Scripted lesson plan that follows the Lucy Calkins' Writer's Workshop lesson format: Connect, Teaching Point, Teach, Active Engagement, Independent Practice.
2. Anchor Chart
3. Student Recording Sheet.
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A Close Reading Lesson to Teach Author's Craft (Book: City Dog, Country Frog)
A Close Reading Lesson to Teach Author's Craft: Word Choice
A Close Reading Lesson to Teach Plot (Uses the Book Knuffle Bunny)
A Close Reading Lesson to Teach Character Development (Book: My Name is Yoon)
These lessons were written by myself and two other third grade teachers after we read the book Notice and Note by Beers and Probst, and after we attended a conference on the common core reading standards put on by Lucy Calkins. We thought to ourselves, "Wouldn't it be great if a Notice and Note book existed for younger students?"
These lessons were created to fill that void and to teach young students how to read closely for what a text says (key ideas and details) and how the text says it (craft and structure) The lessons are aligned to CCSS.
We use these lessons in our classrooms to teach our students to read text closely. The students then apply the strategies learned (and use the anchor charts and organizers) to do the same deep reading work with other texts. We have seen tremendous improvement in the way our students are able to analyze text.
All these lessons were co-written by teachers Heather Vidal, Lori Meadows, and myself.
Lori Meadows on TPT
Heather Vidal on TPT