Porcupines - Fact and Fiction - A Common Core Book Study

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Porcupines –
Fact and Fiction - A Common Core Unit (Close Reading)


Porcupines and Balloons – What prickly fun. Compare and contrast 2 storybooks to nonfiction passages in this unit.
You will need: A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood & Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid.
Here are lessons and activities to reach Common Core Anchor Standards that challenge students to read closely, think deeply, and support opinions with evidence and examples, 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 and 3rd graders.

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

During this 91 page unit (75 pages of student sheets), 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 non-fiction passages
• describe the point of view
• explore the use of illustrations
• write an opinion piece

This unit consists of:
• Sample Schedule & Teacher Tips
• Opinion Brainstorming – “Never give up.” & “Sometimes you have to quit.”
• Take a Stand Sheets - “Balloons are safe for porcupines.” & “Balloons are not safe for porcupines.”
• 2 Porcupine Diagram worksheets
• Story Elements worksheets 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
• 6 Retell Graphic Organizers
• Character Analysis – with suggested answers
• Point of View
• Use of illustrations
• Compare and Contrast worksheets
• Nonfiction Passages
• Writing Paper, Writing Activities, and a phonics worksheet
• Porcupine Art

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