Mouse and the Motorcycle Common Core Unit - Thinking Maps & Depth and Complexity

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A 54 page 100% Common Core Aligned Literature Study Unit incorporating Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Prompts of Depth and Complexity and Thinking Maps for the novel, The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. A fantastic resource for teaching higher-level thinking in a general education English Language Arts classroom, GATE classroom, or to challenge your gifted and talented students in an enrichment RTI group!

Using Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Icons, students reach the different levels of Depth of Knowledge and follow Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts by thinking beyond the text and reaching higher levels of thinking and learning.

*Background Knowledge/Training on Sandra Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Prompts and Thinking Maps recommended.

54 Pages of Common Core ELA pre-reading and post-reading comprehension activities for Chapters 1-13:

- Thinking Maps (Combined Maps)
- Depth and Complexity Icons
- Vocabulary words/phrases (identified for every chapter)
- Making Predictions
- Making Inferences
- Setting Influence and Setting Change
- Character Perspective
- Character Traits
- Text Style Shaped by Point of View
- Compare and Contrast characters
- Character Motivation
- Character Analysis
- Summarize Key Ideas
- Summary Writing Skills – sequencing beginning, middle and end, finding key details, identifying main idea.
- Cause and Effect
- Reading Comprehension (questions after each chapter)

Includes:
- 54 Pages of Pre/Post Reading Activities for each chapter
- 4 Pages of STUDENT SAMPLES!
- Thinking Maps: Flow Map for sequencing events, Double-Bubble for comparing characters, Circle Map for vocabulary word study, Bubble Map for character perspective, character analysis, and character description.
- Combined Thinking Maps for Making Inferences, Cause and Effect based on Point of View and Text Style, Summarizing Key Ideas, Character Motivation, and change in Setting.
- Depth and Complexity Icon Prompt activities – Almost every page includes D&C Icon Prompts to encourage higher level thinking skills in reading. Also, includes blank boxes for students to draw icons and find textual evidence.
- Vocabulary Words and Reading Comprehension questions for chapters 1-13.
- Student SAMPLES

Instructional Use:
- Whole Class Literature Study
- Guided Reading
- Partner Work
- Independent Work
- Pre-Reading and Post-Reading Vocabulary Comprehension Skills
- Summary Writing
- Homework
- Higher Level Challenge Work
- GATE program curriculum ideas

* Does not include any images from the novel. This unit solely serves as a supplement to the novel.

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For the Third Grade Teacher:
3rd Grade HM Theme 1 - Depth and Complexity Frames {The Lost and Found, The Ballad of Mulan, The Waterfall}
3rd Grade HM Theme 2 - Depth and Complexity Frames {The Keeping Quilt, Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope, The Talking Cloth, Dancing Rainbows}
3rd Grade HM Theme 3 - Depth and Complexity Frames {Dogzilla, Mysterious Giant of Barletta, Raising Dragons, Garden of Abdu Gasazil}
3rd Grade HM Theme 4 - Depth and Complexity Frames {Nights of the Pufflings, Seal Surfer, Two Days in May}
3rd Grade HM Theme 5 - Depth and Complexity Frames {Across the Wide Dark Sea, Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip, Trapped by the Ice!}
3rd Grade HM Theme 6 - Depth and Complexity Frames {Pepita Talks Twice, Poppa's New Pants, Ramona Quimby, Age 8}




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2 Months

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Mouse and the Motorcycle Common Core Unit - Thinking Maps
Mouse and the Motorcycle Common Core Unit - Thinking Maps
Mouse and the Motorcycle Common Core Unit - Thinking Maps
Mouse and the Motorcycle Common Core Unit - Thinking Maps