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Looking for an engaging book that will get your students excited about reading? Looking for a strategy to help their reading comprehension that is both engaging and effective? This Comprehension Mini-Lesson will do the trick! You can feel free to modify this lesson to suit any current read-aloud or independent/group reading book in your classroom. Through this mini-lesson students will learn how and gain practice with asking relevant and focused questions to clarify understanding, paraphrase and summarize information, make real-world connections to characters or events, illustrate concepts from a story based on their understanding, and respond to questions and discussion with relevant and focused comments.
Materials Needed for Lesson (some specific to using Matilida):
1. Literature Circle Worksheets for Illustrator, Summarizer, Connector, and Discussion Director – these worksheets and more literature circle roles can be found here: http://www.worksheetplace.com/index.php?function=DisplayCategory&links=2&id=51&link1=43&link2=51
2. Writing/Drawing utensils
3. “Matilda” by Roald Dahl (or book of choice)
4. Audio book of “Matilda” if needed (or for any book chosen for lesson)
5. Videos of “Matilda” for anticipatory set:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cguysF7ERqM – meeting Ms. Trunchbull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcVnG4HrWBI – Amanda Thripp