Lesson: 1: Cliffhangers
Students will be able to predict events in a story based on a cliffhanger.
(I) will explain that when reading chapter books, they often have cliffhangers. A cliffhanger is an event that usually comes at the end of a chapter and is meant to interest the reader in continuing to read. Sometimes, when you are watching a show that ends with “to be continued”, they have ended with a cliffhanger: something that has happened that will encourage you to watch the next time to see what happens. Cliffhangers are a good place to make a prediction about what will happen next. I will read chapter 1 of Marvin and the Meanest Girl by Suzy Kline. I will identify the cliffhanger at the end of the chapter and make a prediction about what will happen next. The cliffhanger at the end of chapter 1 is that Marvin has decided that he has to get Lucy back but doesn’t know how. This is a good place for me to stop and predict what might happen next. I predict that Marvin plays some kind of joke on Lucy to get her back but that their teacher finds out and Marvin gets in trouble.
(We) will read chapter 2 of Marvin and the Meanest Girl and identify the cliffhanger at the end of the chapter. (Lucy still hasn’t realized that her cigar box is now in her backpack.) We will make a prediction about what will happen when Lucy finds out that her cigar box is not where she left it.
(You) will listen as I read chapter 3 of Marvin and the Meanest Girl aloud. You will identify the cliffhanger at the end of chapter 3 and predict what will happen next.
Note: Finish reading the book as time permits over the next few days.
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