Babe the Blue Ox...Exaggeration?
Lesson 1 of 9
Objective: SWBAT determine figurative and exaggerated language the author uses to help tell a story.
Pre-reading strategies are so important to understanding what we read I make sure we practice one before every story. Earlier we read about Paul Bunyan in a poem and practiced compare and contrast and breaking a poem apart. I start a discussion bring up this poem and having the students recall information from it.
I explain that this is how we activate our prior knowledge and get ready to read. I have to steer the class toward remembering the exaggerations of the poem. I have students recall what we remember about how Paul was exaggerated. I complete our discussion by asking why they think the author used exaggeration to tell the story. I also try to link to the lesson about Dustylocks and figurative language. This helps students focus their thinking on figurative language and its uses.
We briefly do a look at the text features of the story we are bout to read. We read the title and sub-titles to help us pre-read further. I then explain that as I read I am going to make sure to pay attention to when the author uses exaggerated or figurative language.
I start by reading to the class and stop when I feel that the author used one of these writing types. I make a statement that it would be way easier to remember what I read to share if I wrote it down somewhere. I take out my large sticky notes and explain that I think I write a few down as I read. I ask them why I might want to record what I think is figurative or exaggerated language. I want them to see that sometimes it is hard to understand why the author used it and what they are trying to explain.
I read another paragraph and model writing down a tricky set of writing that could be figurative. I want to share them with the class later so we can decide what the author might have meant by using these particular words.
Sticky Note Tracks:
Now it the students turn to track their reading. They are going to read the story and while they read they are going to "keep tracks." They will use a sticky note to track all the examples they can find of figurative or exaggerated language. We can then use these sticky notes as examples to work with as a whole class. We can decide what the author was trying to tell us, and how did it help tell the story.