This picture book guide for Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson 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 author's purpose and comparing and contrasting.
The guide opens with an introduction to interest students in the story. 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 interactive websites that allow students to take virtual walks through the forest. 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.RL.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.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
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