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Pigeon Wants a Puppy - A Common Core Unit (Close Reading)

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Pigeon Wants a Puppy – A Common Core Unit (Close Reading)

Use this great Mo Willems book 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.

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

This unit consists of:
* Sample Schedule & Teacher Tips
* Opinion Brainstorming – “A puppy is great” & “A puppy is no fun.”
* Take a Stand Sheets - “Pigeon should have a puppy.” & " Pigeon should not have a puppy.”
including both black & white and color versions
and a List the Reasons worksheet both for and against
* Story Elements worksheet with suggested answers
* Agree / Disagree Statement worksheet for finding evidence with suggested answers
* Central Message worksheet - with suggested answers and fill in the blank
* Sequence of events – with answer key
* Retell Graphic Organizer
* Character Analysis – with suggested answers
* Point of View
* Use of illustrations - To Describe Pigeon’s Feelings & To Understand the Story Better
* Compare and Contrast - Mo Willems’ Pigeon and Real Pigeon - C & C Willems’ Books
* Nonfiction Passages - One about Pigeons, One about Puppies
* Compare and Contrast - Puppy’s Needs
* Needs vs. Wants - Mini-Book Folded Puppy Paper
* Writing Paper and Writing Activities

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.

These lessons were inspired by Reading for Meaning.
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