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This week-long, 30+ page comprehensive literacy unit will have your students engaged and excited about reading with the use of the book Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, written by Eric A. Kimmel! Included in this pack are background building and vocabulary activities, worksheets, before reading dialogue for an interactive read aloud, during reading questioning for an interactive read aloud, graphic organizers, sequencing and theme activities, and a writing prompt. Here are the skills that will be addressed through various activities:
Day 1: Build Background Knowledge and Vocabulary
Skills: schema, vocabulary, fables, The Tortoise and the Hare
Day 2: Interactive Read Aloud: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
Skills: retelling, genre, inferring, character traits, making connections, text evidence, compare and contrast, making predictions, cause and effect
Day 3: Comprehension Check
Skills: second read and create a retelling wheel by sequencing the events of the story
Day 4: Theme
Skills: theme flip book including character traits of the "hero" and the "villain," and evidence from the story that determines the theme
Day 5: Writing Prompt and Writing Planning Page: How would you outsmart Anansi the spider?