The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion

The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Widow's Broom Lesson Plan and Book Companion
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The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg is a perfect Halloween read aloud! Designed for intermediate students, this comprehensive lesson plan is packed full of engaging opportunities for to discuss Minna Shaw and the unusual events surrounding her magical broom. This download is loaded with options to customize for the perfect-fit lesson for your class. A wide variety of book companion activities can be done at a time that works best for your students!

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to infer Minna Shaw’s character traits by analyzing her actions in The Widow’s Broom.

Rigorous text dependent questions promote discussion, allowing students to analyze Minna Shaw's actions. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to infer her character traits. Two anchor chart options are included to collect text evidence. At the end of the lesson, students will answer the following question independently: How does Minna Shaw respond to unusual situations? What character traits best describe her? Several differentiated assessment options are included.

**Be sure to check out the preview of this lesson for a more in-depth look at what you’ll get with this 50-page download!!**

For the lesson, teacher resources include: teacher guide with skill rationale/teacher language, lesson plan with stopping points, text-dependent questions (and scaffolding questions for each), expected student responses, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference during the lesson.

Other student resources included: large, printable form of the essential question, student friendly objective, and questions to post for visual learners.

There are tons of extras and extensions to be used after the lesson for more fun and learning!

  • 5 colorful vocabulary cards and 4 blank cards
  • Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and provide context clues
  • Vocabulary activity options
  • Students practice the strategy of visualizing. On the movie reel, students sketch the five most important events from the story that helped them understand the plot. Then, label their sketches with key words from the text.
  • Students infer the theme, or lesson, to be learned from reading The Widow’s Broom. Then, record evidence that supports the theme.
  • Students sequence the five most important events the story and place chronologically on the timeline. Then, students practice retelling from beginning to end. Two differentiated options are available.
  • For extra practice as needed, students consider Minna Shaw’s thoughts and actions to complete the character graphic organizer. This may help students who struggle to infer her traits.
  • Students analyze elements of plot by completing the “Somebody…Wanted …But…So…Then” graphic organizer.
  • Students read the author’s sensory filled descriptions of story events. Students underline key words or phrases that help painted mental images in their mind. Then, sketch their visualizations.
  • Students consider the broom’s actions and pick a side: Save the broom! OR Destroy the Broom! Students list key events/actions that support their claim. Then, illustrate the key event that best supports why their claim is right.

Interested in NONFICTION Halloween articles?

Check out my Halloween Differentiated Nonfiction Passages here!

Thank you for checking out this lesson plan! Please let me know if you have any questions before purchasing.

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Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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