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Don't you just love Ezra Jack Keats? This author study challenges students to think about the connections that can be made between seven of his stories. Students will also have the opportunity to practice various essential comprehension skills, such as finding text evidence, making connections, predicting, questioning, retelling, identifying character traits, identifying settings, finding the problem/solution, identifying cause and effect, and comparing/contrasting.
Author study contents:
-EJK biography with text evidence and response questions
-Story comparison chart
-Character trait charts for Peter and Archie
-Realistic Fiction review
-General graphic organizers for making predictions, connections, and identifying story elements
-Vocabulary flap books for each of the seven stories
-Story sequencing for each of the seven stories
-Printables for The Snowy Day (snow schema, cause and effect, making connections)
-Printables for Whistle for Willie (understanding theme, making connections)
-Printables for Peter's Chair (characters change, asking questions, "When I was Little" class book)
-Printables for A Letter to Amy (questioning, understanding theme)
-Printables for Goggles (comparing settings, problem/solution, making connections)
-Printables for Hi, Cat (cause and effect, describing/character traits, understanding theme)
-Printables for Pet Show (problem/solution, creative connections)
-Cumulative writing activities using textual evidence (perseverance, family/friendship, imagination)
-The Best EJK Story opinion writing
-Ezra Jack Keats "ingredients" activity
This author study has been very successful in my first grade classroom. It is my sincere hope that you find it useful for your classroom as well!
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