Pigeon Needs a Bath - A Common Core Unit (Close Reading)

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Pigeon Needs a Bath – A Common Core Unit (Close Reading)

You love Pigeon. Your class loves Pigeon. Dare I say it, we all love Pigeon. Mo Willems knows how to capture students' attention. Why not use Pigeon to reach Common Core Anchor Standards that challenge students to read closely, think deeply, and support opinions with evidence and examples. This unit is a stepping-stone that guides students in the direction of meeting those standards, even in first grade.

This mini-unit is designed to introduce students to the concept of close reading. While organized around 1st grade Common Core Standards, it can be used with a higher level of support for end of kindergarten students. It can also be used with a lower level of support for 2nd graders.

To really understand the nuances of a story, students will read (or be read) a book multiple times with various objectives.

During this 40 page mini-unit, students will:
• activate prior knowledge
• develop new vocabulary
• find explicit text-based evidence
• explore inferential evidence
• determine a central message with supporting details
• practice retelling a story
• describe character, setting, and events
• compare a fiction book to a nonfiction passage
• describe the point of view
• explore the use of illustrations
• write an opinion piece

Additional pages just added:
* A letter to Mo Willems
* What to do if you disagree
* TH Phonics page

These lessons were inspired by Reading for Meaning.
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2 Weeks

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Pigeon Needs a Bath - A Common Core Unit (Close Reading)
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Pigeon Needs a Bath - A Common Core Unit (Close Reading)
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