This unit may be used either as pre-reading for the short story Navidad (posted separately for free download here on TPT), or as a stand-alone reading fluency unit. There are five days worth of activities, including a puzzle and answer keys for all of the questions.
Reading fluency is a problem for many young people in many middle school classrooms. Strategies and patterns of thought are useful tools for students who experience difficulty in reading. I’ve undertaken to provide daily lessons in using such tools by having students apply each lesson to the same piece of text. I’ve taken one of my Joaquin stories, serialized it and made a week’s lessons for each part. The segments of text are 450 to 550 words in length and contain (hopefully) an interesting bit of the story. The activities include vocabulary development on Monday, prediction on Tuesday, literal comprehension on Wednesday, reciprocal teaching inference on Thursday, a post test and synthesis questions on Friday. Navidad 1 is the first weekly bundle. I hope you’ll find that students’ comfort and familiarity with the characters will carry over into both the complete story text or (if you express interest!) the subsequent weekly bundles. For those interested (please let me know!), I’ll post both the subsequent bundles and breakout activities to accompany them.