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Crow Call by Lois Lowry GATE Literacy and Metaphors - Hands-on

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6 MB|43 pages
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Haven’t discovered this book yet? It book went straight to the top of my picture book recommendation list—both for adults and advanced learners—for its wonderful illustrations, its depth, its reference to a time gone by, and for its story of the connection between a girl and her father. Fabulous. Beautiful. Wonderful! It’s a great companion for Lois Lowry’s acclaimed young adult novels or stands alone on its own.

I believe this collection is GATE literacy at its best— containing depth, personal connections, primary sources, hands-on creativity, and evidence-based responses both verbal and written. It is Common Core referenced as well. Everything you need—except for the book itself—is here so you’ll be ready to teach tomorrow.

I used Crow Call for my 3rd grade advanced reading group, but I will return to it for my 5th graders in a week-long unit later this spring. I wouldn’t have hesitated to use it with my 6th grade GT class when I taught middle school as well.

In this collection of lessons, we begin by examining primary sources from WWII to enhance background knowledge.

We follow with a series of critical thinking questions which lead to an evidence-based written response and a follow-up discussion.

We explore more deeply the metaphor of the plaid shirt by creating our own plaid shirts for a personal connection—choosing representational/metaphorical color patterns and explaining their significance.

Finally, we return to the themes of the book—creating a cool pop-up which contains found poetry, artwork, and a short, constructed response addressing one of the book’s key understandings.

Level: Best for 3-6th
Time: About 6 Hours
Materials: Paper, White Cardstock (optional but optimal), Construction Paper, Rulers or T-Squares, Glue, Markers
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