Rigorous Read Aloud-Frindle by Andrew Clements
With Common Core expectations, it isn’t enough just to read aloud to students. If you are looking for a way to promote critical and divergent thinking, academic discussion skills, and text-dependent analysis and writing skills of read aloud texts, then my Rigorous Read Aloud series is for you.
Each Rigorous Read Aloud includes:
• a pacing guide (12 days of plans for Frindle)
• daily discussion questions—most allowing for multiple viewpoints, Updated to include a Google Slides Presentaions of Discussion Questions
• evidence collection form
• a differentiated project (Story Elements for Frindle)
• text-dependent analysis writing model and student prompt, including assessment rubric (Character Traits Analysis for Frindle)
• an explanation of the Common Core Shifts that make it Rigorous
• teaching tips and things to consider for a successful implementation
• suggestions for use with a class set of books or a single copy
I use Frindle by Andrew Clements as my first Rigorous Read Aloud for 4th grade. It is a great way to introduce discussion techniques and review story elements. The students can relate to the setting and characters, not to mention that after reading about Mrs. Granger in chapter 2, I don’t seem so strict in comparison.
For 3rd grade, I would probably wait until later in the year and I would choose the easier of the two differentiated Frindle projects. It is also great for 5th graders because the main character is in 5th grade, however in that case, I would probably use the higher level of the project.
This product is classroom tested. Of course, you know your students best, which is why I included both the PDF and the editable PowerPoint. You have the flexibility to add, subtract, change the pacing, the prompt, or anything else your little teaching heart desires. Enjoy!
Other discussion-based, read aloud novel studies coming soon include The Tale of Despereaux, The Boys Start the War, Holes, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, and Running Out of Time.
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