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My Text As Tool Deconstructing Ivan the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla:

There has been a lot going on.  We had Superintendent’s Conference Day today.  Part of the day was dedicated to reviewing Interactive Read Aloud lessons.  This inspired us to do some deep analytical work for Applegate/Karas’  Ivan the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. We pulled in The Continuum of Literacy Learning and the Wheel of Strategic Actions as additional resources to help us do this work.  We wanted to see how we could use the same book (Level P)  in two different grade levels while changing the instructional intention.  At this time of year, most second graders are transitional readers; whereas, third grader are mostly merging from transitional to fluent (Level M).  

This is how we broke it down.  We will let you know how the lessons went:

Components of Narrative Components of Informational
Text Structure: Sequence  / Problem & Solution
Brainstorming ideas…

  • Facts vs Story
  • How do the illustrations enhance and support the message of the text?
  • What do you think was the author’s motive for writing about this topic?
  • Why do you think the author chose this organization for the ideas she tells about?
  • Flipping worlds through perspective-what gorillas know/ what people know…
  • How did the author use the words to make you feel things?
  • Did the author describe the problem? the solution?
  • Compare / Contrast ( People/Gorillas)
  • Familiar ideas / New Concepts
  • Deep message (but relatable to children)
  • Notice how the setting impacts the text
Level P

This is a hybrid text, mixing informational and narrative genres.  Mature theme (loss/injustice) and diverse perspective (that of the gorilla and the people).  Some vocabulary is contextual while some is unexplained.      


Book trailer:

Author tells story:

News Story:

Brainstorming Possible Strategic Actions to Teach Into:

Within the Text:

  • Searching for and Using Information
    • Form implicit questions and search for answers while reading
    • Respond to plot tension or suspense by reading on to seek resolution to problem
  • Summarizing:
    • identify important ideas in a text and report them in organized way
    • Summarize texts at intervals

Beyond the Text:

  • Infer:
    • Identify significant events and tell how they are related to the problem of the story or the solution
    • Cause of problems or outcomes
  • Connections:
    • Bring background knowledge before, during, after reading
    • Express changes of ideas after reading a text & explain why

About the Text:

  • Analyzing:
    • Understand when an author has used an underlying structure
  • Critiquing:
    • Evaluate the quality of the illustrations

*Pinnell & Fountas The Continuum of Literacy Learning Grades Prek-8  A Guide to Teaching  PreK-8

Using this book in a Third Grade Read Aloud

Using this book for a Second Grade Read Aloud