This descriptive, fun story about a little girl's first roller coaster ride gives readers plenty of opportunities to:
-infer and draw conclusions about a character's thoughts and feelings
-study characters actions and decisions to develop a theory about who they are
-determine how other characters affect the main characters decisions
This lesson includes easy to follow steps that lead your class through the story "Roller Coaster".
Strategic stopping points for discussion and charting ideas help you lead students to the deeper thinking necessary to figure out the important information the author does not state explicitly.
The illustrations in "Roller Coaster" are filled with clues that will help readers make and verify their inferences and conclusions.
Using the text, illustrations and background knowledge to read "between the lines," students will be excited to experience the thoughts and feelings of the main character on her first, exciting and surprising roller coaster ride.
This plan also includes a section on Author's Craft. Studying the way the author uses personification and repetition to create mood and interest, as well as clever ways of giving readers clues and hints about the character and story are presented at the end of the initial lesson. This would be a great text to refer back to and use as a mentor text later on in Writer's Workshop.
So come along for the ride! Check out the book "Roller Coaster" and get on board. Hold on tight for lots of fun and deep thinking.