Lesson: Reading To Comprehend

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Lesson Objective

students will be able to: • correctly define and spell vocabulary words • understand the main idea and plot of chapters 9 and 10

Lesson Plan

Do Now
Recall a time when you apologized to a friend. How did you feel before the apology? How did you feel  afterward?

Introduction
One of the ways that authors keep readers interested in stories is to create a sense of suspense. Suspense is a feeling of curiosity, uncertainty, or dread about what will happen next. Foreshadowing—hints or clues about what will happen—increase the level of suspense. As you read chapter 9 and 10 of The Pigman, look for clues that hint at what might happen, and think about the suspense that these clues help build.

Direct Instruction
Have students read in groups or independentlkly while teacher pulls a small group of students to read with them.

Guided Practice
Teacher will lead a discussion on the following questions:
  • Why is Norton so curious about Mr. Pignati? How does John react to Norton’s questions? Why?
  • What do John and Lorraine confess to Mr. Pignati? What does he confess to them?
  • What does their willingness to confess to each other suggest about their relationship?

Indpendent Practice
What do you think will happen to John and Lorraine? to Mr. Pignati? In a paragraph or two, predict how the novel will end using at least three of the vocabulary words below. Be sure to base your predictions on clues in the novel.
  • assassin
  • berserk
  • interrogating
  • mull
  • mundane
  • predicament
  • putrid

Closing:
Do you think the apology by John and Lorraine was appreciated by Mr. Pignati.

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