This is one of my favorite units for one of my favorite books, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane! This unit was created by integrating many of the Common Core Reading Standards for third grade. I have used this unit to model how to answer comprehension questions, for small group discussion during guided reading, as questions for book talks, assessments, enrichment, and much more! Throughout the unit, students will be able to practice the following:
• Balance of multiple choice questions and short answer while citing evidence from the text
• Character Analysis
• Genre Comparison: Fable
• Genre Comparison: Poetry
• Enrichment Projects & Grading Checklist
• Creative and higher level thinking skills
Pg. 2 Cover Prediction
Pg. 3-5 Chapters 1-4: Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Compare/Contrast Characters
Pg. 6-8 Chapters 5-10: Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Compare/Contrast Characters
Pg. 9-11 Chapters 11-15: Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Compare/Contrast Characters
Pg. 12-14 Chapters 16-20: Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Compare/Contrast Characters with drawing and adjectives
Pg. 15-17 Chapters 21-25: Comic Sequence, Short Answer, Character Analysis (Letter Writing)
Pg. 18-19 Chapters 26-27: Short Answer
Pg. 20 Cover Prediction Revisited
Pg. 21 Character Analysis/Story Plot-Add a new chapter and illustration
Pg. 22-23 Reading Enrichment Project Menu & Grading Checklist
Pg. 24-26 Piper & the Paper Heart Fable & Fiction Comparison: Text, Multiple Choice, Short Answer
Pg. 27-29 The Heart’s Door Poem & Fiction Comparison: Text, Multiple Choice, Short Answer
Pg. 30-48 Answer Guides
Key Ideas and Details:
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories