This lesson builds critical thinking skills by reading and discussing a story and describing characters. In 24 pages, the child will
• preview story vocabulary,
• identify a story (“The Turtle and the Rabbit”) and author,
• make and confirm predictions about the story,
• read the story and answer questions about key details,
• identify and discuss major events in the story,
• make inferences about the story,
• retell the story and connect to personal experience,
• discuss the big idea of the story,
• describe characters using two adjectives each, and
• compare and contrast characters from multiple stories.
characters, setting, author, describing words, turtle, rabbit, watch, runs, walks, tired, rests, race, wins, path, fast, slow
This literature discussion pack is the fifth lesson of Book 21
from the Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program. The program provides a fundamental yet integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. The standards-based series of 24 books guides novice learners through a full year curriculum. Each lesson discovers, connects, and practices the basics of English.
A key feature of the program is that it uses linear incremental steps and repeated practices linked to higher level thinking skills. This approach gives the learner a solid foundation of reading and writing experiences. In the process, the learner gains routine study habits, motivation to learn, confidence, and mastery.
Please print the lesson double-sided and then cut in half, so that each page is 5 1/2” by 8 1/2”. Each lesson has 24 sides.
For the creative writing companion to this lesson, please see "Write a Story: Lesson 5, Book 23 (Newitt Writing Series)"
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for more lessons on elements of fiction.
This lesson is available also in Spanish! For the Spanish version, please click here!
The activities are aligned to the following standards:
Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
RL.1.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.1.3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
RL.2.4: Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
RL.2.5: Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
RL.3.9: With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
SL.1.1b: Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
L.1.1d: Understand and use question words.
Also: RL.2.6, RL.3.7, RL.4.10, RF.4.4, L.3.6
Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
4.A: Predict what might happen next in text based on the cover, title, and illustrations.
4.B: Ask and respond to question about texts read aloud.
6.A: Identify elements of a story, including setting, character, and key events.
6.B: Discuss the big idea (theme) of a well-known folktale or fable and connect it to personal experience.
8.B: Describe characters and reasons for their actions.
Also: 1.A, 16.A(i), 22
“The Newitt Beginning Reading and Writing Program will ensure success for every scholar that embarks on a path to learn the English language.”
Dr. Patricia A. McNames, former teacher, middle school guidance counselor, elementary principal, and associate professor.