Teaching children to comprehend can be an overwhelming task. I've put together a system that uses quality picture books to introduce and reinforce comprehension strategies! There are 7 all together! Each anchor text was chosen not only for its style and quality, but for how its characters and plot can be tied with one of the core reading strategies. Hopefully by tying the characters and their experiences to a reading strategy this strategy can develop a deep meaning and understanding of the strategy for your students.
This unit contains lessons to introduce students to interacting with text while listening and reading. It begins with an anchor lesson introducing text interaction through use of a wonderful picture book that depicts text interaction at its best, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. In this story, Little Chicken models text interaction beautifully. The idea of Little Chicken's text "interruptions" becomes our anchor to this strategy and the strategy is then labeled Interacting Chicken for easy reference. An Interacting Chicken poster explaining this strategy is included.
My students simply hear the words Interacting Chicken Strategy and they recall the story and tie meaning to text interaction.
The unit also provides various lessons for grades K-5 with multiple texts lending themselves easily to encourage text interaction at each grade level. Each story includes a graphic organizer for use in practicing the skill. Multiple styles of text interaction graphic organizers are provided to meet your students' needs, as well as manipulatives for use while reading or listening.
The idea behind all of my comprehension strategy units is to build an understanding of the strategy and teach students how to continue to use this strategy with minimal outside resources (ex. worksheets and graphic organizers). The idea is to teach the skill and transfer it into real learning environments that can last the reader a lifetime.
I hope your students love Interacting Chicken as much as mind do. Providing my students with good literature in which to practice this strategy was key. It allowed them the opportunity to fully understand and apply this skill with ease.
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