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Trouper runs with a pack of mutts until he is captured and put in a cage. His spirit seems broken as he sits, waiting to be adopted. Everything changes when a boy who is as skinny as a string bean pets Trouper with his gentle hand and takes him home. Any animal lover will fall head over heels for Trouper and his story of hope and finding a forever home.
This interactive read aloud is designed for one or two class periods, however extensions can be taken over several days.
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of Trouper by analyzing how the character changes in response to the problem. At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion to analyze how Trouper changes as he goes through the process of finding a new home, they will be independently assessed by writing in response to the prompt: What is the theme, or lesson, readers can learn from Trouper? Students will use text evidence and information gathered from the discussions to answer the prompt.
In addition to determining the theme of the story (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, identifying cause and effect relationships, summarizing, comparing and contrasting settings, inferring the meaning of vocabulary words, analyzing figurative language, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 8 key vocabulary words. Other vocabulary words may be pertinent for your students; included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
-Lesson Plan page with text’s big idea, essential question, objective, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language related to the objective
-Teacher's questioning guide with stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted for students during read aloud
-Graphic organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Assessment task cards (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities).
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-8 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-3 vocabulary 4-square activity options
-Writing extension to summarize story using vocabulary words (2 differentiated options)
-Comparing and contrasting settings in relation to their effect on Trouper
-Analyze author’s use of figurative language
-Analyze how Trouper changes from before being adopted to after
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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