This is designed to be a one week writing unit using the classic book
“The Cat In The Hat” by Dr. Seuss as the anchor text.
The teacher will begin each day with shared reading of the text to focus in on the specific pages of the text that they will be working with each day (teacher can read aloud, project the text for students to read along, make copies of the target pages, or work to have enough copies of the text that students can share books in small groups).
This is the perfect time to teach students to reference the text in their writing – this can be modeled in the teacher’s sample writing.
After the shared reading, students will think-pair-share to discuss their opinion with the Big Question for the day and back it up with a ‘because’ reason.
You are welcome to use the Big Question prompts in any order, but here this is what made the most sense for me:
Day 1: Would you have let the Cat in? (pg 8)
Day 2: Why do you think the Cat does not wish to go? (pg 27)
Day 3: Do you think the children like Thing 1 and Thing 2? (pg 45)
Day 4: Do you think the children told their mother about the Cat? (pg 60)
On the fifth day, students will be asked to to think about the text in a different way, and make a statement about what they would have told their mother and why. This is a great way to make a text to personal connection, as they will be answering the question in the last line of the text: “What would you do if your mother asked you?”.
I hope you truly enjoy this unit, and that you’ll check out my other 5-day Dr. Seuss Opinion Plans for your Kinder kiddos! Thank you and Happy Teaching!