Amos & Boris by William Steig is a classic friendship tale your class is sure to love!
This book study includes a wealth of easy-to-differentiate resources to assist you and your students in close reading, writing, and thinking deeply about this story. These activities work well as literacy centers, or can be done as a whole class.
The table of contents is as follows:
(p. 5) - Pre-teach key vocabulary from the story with this list or copy for students to paste into notebooks. Words, definitions, and picture cues are provided.
• Comprehension Strips
(p. 6) – 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, or as a whole class activity when displayed under a document camera. Ten comprehension strips and differentiated recording sheets are included. One recording sheet provides only lines for responses. The other provides sentence starters to help students answer each question.
• Problem and Solution Printables
(p. 19) – Students identify, write about, and illustrate Amos’s problem and solution in the story on one page and Boris’s problem and solution on the other. Two line options are provided.
• Summary Writing
(p. 23) – Students write about and illustrate the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Two line options are provided.
• Point of View Graphic Organizer
(p. 25) – Students imagine that they are Amos or Boris at key points in the story and record what the character might see, feel, think about, and hope.
• Text Evidence Writing Prompt
(p. 29) – Students respond to a writing prompt with text evidence showing that Amos and Boris are good friends. Several paper options are provided.
• Lesson Learned Writing Prompt
(p. 33) – Students identify the lesson learned from Amos and Boris. Several paper options are provided.
• Opinion Writing Prompt
(p. 37) – Students consider whether or not Amos and Boris can still be friends if they never see each other again. Several paper options are provided.
• Noun and Verb Sort
(p. 41) – To prep this activity print the cards on cardstock, or laminate, and cut out. Students sort nouns and verbs from the story. Recording sheets for students to record their answers on are provided. This activity can be done individually or in pairs.
These activities address 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.1.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
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.
These activities address 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.2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5: Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
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.2.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
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.
These activities address the following Common Core Standards for Grade 3:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.I: Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.
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.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
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