Lesson: 2: Cause-and-Effect Relationships (Historical Fiction)

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify multiple causes and effects in historical fiction.

Lesson Plan

Direct Teaching
(I)            will provide background knowledge by discussing the Civil War and some of the causes and effects of this war, including slavery, division of the country, technology, transportation, and setting. (Example Discussion Chart is provided.) I will begin reading the first five pages of Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco, stopping to model how to identify cause-and-effect relationships in the story. (Example Chart is provided.)
Guided Practice
(We)            will continue to read and work together to identify and discuss the cause-and-effect relationships in Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco. (Example Chart is provided.) Using the chart we will discuss the multiple causes of an effect and multiple effects of a cause. For example, because Pink was separated from his company he found Say and was able to save his life. Say may have died if Pink did not find him. Because Say survived, the story of Pink lives on many years later.
Independent Practice
(You)            will write an explanation of the causes of Pink getting killed and the effects of Say surviving.

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