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|
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNtRPDXJkdA
Author tells story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez6t1G_1eLE
News Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYYL2LxotA8
|Brainstorming Possible Strategic Actions to Teach Into:
Within the Text:
Beyond the Text:
About the Text:
*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