I love this story, but I love even more watching my students’ eyes light up when they figure it out. This two day lesson is one of my favorite lessons to teach. You will need a copy of the book by Nikki Grimes in order to use this lesson plan.
Your students will be practicing a number of reading skills and strategies with this text, but the heart of the lesson involves making inferences—using facts, observations, reasoning or logic to draw conclusions or make assumptions. We make inferences all the time, but becoming cognizant of the process and recognizing the validity of the inferences are key steps in becoming critical thinkers. This lesson encourages students to justify their thinking and constantly directs them back to the text for support. Through practice with fun and challenging activities like this, you are laying the groundwork for your students to be successful with the types of higher-order thinking and close reading skills required by the Common Core.
I've updated the lesson to include a character analysis activity that requires students to demonstrate their understanding of the entire book by synthesizing ideas from their classmates' presentations.
If you're looking for additional resources to support your teaching of poetry and reading comprehension, please check out these products in my TpT store:
Formative Assessment/Reading Strategy Exit Slips
FREE Poetry Analysis Questions