Looking for a fabulous book that is multi-cultural and lends itself to a variety of great language activities? Dear Juno by Soyung Pak book companion gives a multi-day lesson plan with Tier Two Vocabulary, Story Grammar, Letter Writing Prompt, Several games and picture supports.
In this story, Juno and his grandmother need to communicate by drawing pictures and by enclosing objects in their letters. We can communicate with each other in a variety of ways.
Juno gets a letter from his grandmother who lives in Seoul, Korea. He can’t read the letter but he can figure out some of what she is trying to communicate by looking at the photos and objects she sends him. He writes or draws pictures to tell her about him. The last letter from his grandmother has a little plane, so he knows that she is coming to visit.
This is a great book to talk about communication differences and how we are able to communicate in a variety of ways.
Common Core Standards that this lesson will cover
Day 1: Before reading supports: Several activities including visuals for a game, resources about Korea
Day 2: Read through supports: story grammar visuals for story
Day 3: Re-read, act out, story retell (rubric included)
Day 4: Tier Two vocabulary: ways to teach it, visual supports both large size for classroom support and small size to either use in small group individual session or to put on a binder clip as a vocabulary review for a student
Extras: Parent letter, 5 Lotto Boards with questions for comprehension, Book report rebus, Book report paper, Writing prompt, Envelope visuals with parts, Letter visuals with parts labeled, Tic-Tac-Toe board of activities for reading centers, letter writing paper