This picture book guide was designed to help teachers prepare their students for Common Core extended response questions. It was also designed to help teachers make digital connections to literature. This guide focuses on figurative language and character traits.
The guide opens with a digital connection to an interactive website that helps students build background knowledge. Five guiding questions are provided that can be the basis for whole class discussion or individual student essay response. One of the questions requires students to give evidence and examples from the story as is required in many Common Core test questions. An extension idea is provided in the form of a digital connection to four websites that allow students to explore the songs of the Jubilee Singers. The guide closes with the five guiding questions on three printable pages with plenty of room for written responses. An answer key is also provided.
Common Core Standards Addressed:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
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