“Everyone calls me brave. Is this what bravery feels like?”
This is a guide to a close reading of this amazing book, Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin. It was published in 2014. It took me a year to get through writing this guide- it's a very moving book.
This story is told from the point of view of Rose. She was diagnosed with high functioning autism, which some call Asperger's Syndrome. She lives with her father and her dog, Rain. She loves homonyms, prime numbers and Rain.
Some themes to consider while reading this book: Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Bullying, Love, Friendship, Loss, Bravery, Doing what's right and Making sense of the world.
Close reading is an integral part of teaching with the Common Core. Students need to know how to be analytic when reading texts and poems. I have outlined the components of authentic literacy and what it looks like in the classroom. I formatted the unit as follows. It begins with an explanation of close reading and how to format a lesson. Then, there is a story summary, themes listed and character descriptions. After that, I created focus questions for each chapter. There are explicit gradual release formatted lessons sprinkled throughout. I included a close reading sheet for each of the explicit lessons. You could use the focus questions to create more close reading lessons using the blank templates or for class discussions. At the end, there is a blank sheet for planning and to use with close reading of different chapters. I also included some activities that link to the story. I hope your students enjoy it as much as my students did.
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