Lesson: Making Text to Text Connections/Main Idea

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to make text to text connections in fiction. Students will be able to compare and contrast the main ideas of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales.

Lesson Plan

 

 

Objective:  Students will be able to make text to text connections in fiction.
Students will be able to compare and contrast the main ideas of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales.

 

Lesson Plan:  Genre, Connections, Main Idea

 

DO NOW:  Why is it important to analyze the details in a story to find the main idea?  How does it help us as readers?  Explain.

Opening:  As good readers we are always looking to understand what we read.  We are always looking for strategies to help us to get down and dirty with the content that we are reading about.  We have learned about making connections, but we are going to examine making text-to-text connections.  The way we are going to do this is by looking at fairy tales and their “cousins” the FRACTURED FAIRY TALE.    

Direct Instruction (I DO):

 

What is a text to text connection?

Text-to-text connections are what happen when we read and we can say “I have seen this situation happen in a different book/text”. 

 

As good readers, we are able to think about the differences and similarities between the two situations in the two books.

In many ways it is like making a text to self connection.

 

A great way to see this type of connection is to look at Fractured Fairy Tales!

These are fairy tales that have a spin to them.  Some examples of these types of books include:

The Three Little Pigs vs. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The Little Red Hen vs. The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
The Gingerbread Man vs. The Stinky Cheese Man by J. Scieszka
The Frog Prince vs. The Frog Prince Continued by J. Scieszka
  

Have a variety of fractured fairy tales available for students to use later on.

 

Show students the two clips below and talk about how these are examples of fractured fairy tales (search for similar clips on youtube.com)   

 

Kermit the Frog NEWS FLASH:  Use these to introduce Fractured Fairy Tales:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqVziqgtgZQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5X7ztdd_6E&feature=related

 

Read for the class a fractured fairy tail and model your thinking for making connections.

 

Also continue to think aloud about main idea and other key features of fiction stories.

Point out how the story has been changed by the author and has a different spin on the original.

 

Use a Venn Diagram to show how the stories similar, different and the same.

 

Guided Practice (WE DO):

Watch the following video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y12SFBe8Z8U&feature=related

 

Facilitate a discussion with the students about this version of Cinderella

·         How is it different?

·         How is it the same?

·         What text-to-text connections could they make with this story to the original?

 

Independent Practice (YOU DO):

Students will be given time to fractured fairy tale at their own level for independent reading. 

Double Main Idea Mobile
This mobile will end up serving as a Venn Diagram

Using a clothes hanger and have students have three different strings to hang information from (see attached file for a visual example).

String one:  Fractured Fairy Tale with main idea, supporting details, what is different from the other story?
String two (middle) what is the same between the two stories? Text to text connections I made
String three:  main idea, supporting details, what is different from the other story?

Explain that the supporting details are the evidence to the main idea.

Have each student make a presentation of their mobile in front of the class.

Then display the mobiles in the classroom so students can share their work.

Closing:  Discuss how making text-to-text connections help readers to understand text?

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