These close reading lessons will help your students learn not only how to use details from the text to support their thinking and think critically about challenging text, they also address so many of the Common Core Language Arts Standards and each level of Webb's Depth of Knowledge! These lessons go with the beautiful picture book, Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery.
The text dependent questions, connections across multi-genre texts, and student response activities in this packet will guide students to think deeply as they learn about the lives of Malala and Iqbal, both Pakistani children who stood up to injustice in the face of danger and used their voices to make change happen.
Your students will be empowered by the actions of these two brave children!
You will be able to easily adapt our Close Reading format to other picture books after trying these lessons in your classroom.
What this packet includes:
Essential Questions The lessons begin with the essential question "What does it mean to be brave?" and through the close analysis of the lives of Malala and Iqbal, your students will deepen their understanding of the characteristics of bravery. The essential question provides purpose and relevancy for the reading.
Pre-reading Activities These lessons help your students think about what it means to be brave and what others believe it means to be brave.
Activities that will Hook Your Students and Build Background Knowledge Students examine photographs and watch short video clips that provide some background knowledge about Pakistan, the Taliban, carpet factories, and children’s lives that will help them to better access the text.
Close Reading Lessons We’ve included teacher directions, printable text dependent questions and response activities for each level.
Student Worksheets and Graphic Organizers We’ve included printable graphic organizers and worksheets for your students to complete and for you to use on your Interactive Whiteboard.
Multi-genre Texts For Malala’s story: The third close reading uses an article (included) with excerpts from Malala’s book, I Am Malala, and a video of Malala being interviewed by Diane Sawyer, which will expand students’ knowledge of Malala’s life and the impact it has made on the lives of girls. For Iqbal’s story: An article about Iqbal’s life from Moral Heroes: Inspiration for the Hero in You! and the video, Freedom Hero: Iqbal Masih, narrated by teenagers who talk about Iqbal’s life and what courage means to them.
After-reading Response Activities Your students write responses before and after discussing with classmates that brings them back to their definition of what it means to be brave, and then self-reflect on if their thinking has changed and why.
What next? Activity – How can your students be like Malala and Iqbal and make a difference? Of course, we don’t want them to risk their lives, so we’ve included a link to our free foldable lesson that is connected to the picture book, Say Something by Peggy Moss. It can be used to address the issue of bullying and what your students can do about it.
A Close Reading Planning Guide Foldable® We included a simple, working definition of close reading and also turned it into a Foldable® so you can use it to plan other close readings