Lesson: Pink and Say - Patricia Polacco: Genre, Analyzing Details, Asking Questions

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify books as historical fiction. Students will be able to ask and answer questions about the events portrayed in the story.

Lesson Plan

Objective:  Students will be able to identify books as historical fiction.

 

Students will be able to ask and answer questions about the events portrayed in the story.

 

Lesson Plan:  Genre, Analyzing Details, Asking Questions

 

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DO NOW:  Is it possible for books to be about real events but have a fictional story?  Explain.  Have you read any books like this?  Name some.

 

Opening (5 minutes):  Many authors like to draw inspiration for their stories from events that happened throughout history.  This genre of fiction is called HISTORICAL FICTION.  What are some big historical events that authors have drawn inspiration from?

 

Record these events.

 

The book that we are going to read today; “Pink and Say” by Patricia Palocco is a book that was inspired by the Civil War.  We are going to be exploring this story and the civil war.  Before we are done today we will be asking questions about the text and obtaining some answers by analyzing the details the story has to offer.

 

Direct Instruction (I DO)/Guided Practice (WE DO):

 

Before reading ask students if they have heard of the Civil War. 

 

Start a KWL chart for the students explaining why we are using this.

 

K – What we KNOW about the event/topic

W – What we WANT to learn

L – What we LEARNED about the topic/event

 

Explain how, just like in non-fiction, we are still able to ask questions of the text. 

The more engaged we are with the text,  the better we will understand it.

 

Model how to use this chart by beginning to state what you KNOW about the Civil War.

 

Ask students:  What do you KNOW about the Civil War? 

·         Have students put what they think they know on post-it notes and have them share and stick it to the chart paper KWL Chart.

Once you have filled out the K column, model how to ask questions about things that you WANT to learn about the Civil War.  Put a couple questions up on the chart.

Ask students:  What do you want to LEARN about the Civil War through this book?

·         Have students put what their questions on post-it notes and have them share and stick it to the chart paper KWL Chart.

Read through the questions that have been posted on the chart out loud for students.

 

Explain that as we are reading the book we are going to be looking for the answers to the questions we have.

 

As you begin to read, model how to find answers in the story (have a couple “beginning of the story” questions prepared to do this).

 

Model putting this information on the What I LEARNED section of the chart.

 

It is very important that you model providing evidence to this information/learning.

 

Encourage to stop the read-aloud when they have found information pertaining to a question on the chart and record this information on the LEARNED column.

 

Finish reading the story and go through all the information they LEARNED about the Civil War (a historical event) that occurred throughout the fictional story.

 

Facilitate a small discussion on Historical Fiction.

 

Independent Practice (YOU DO):

 

Students should choose a historical fiction selection at their reading level from the collection and read it independently.   

 

Pass out a KWL Chart for each student and have them fill out the first two columns BEFORE they read. (see attached file)

 

Students should then read their book and fill out the last column.

Closing:   Have students come back as a group and discuss what they found while reading their books.

What is your book?

What historical event was portrayed in the story?

What did you learn about that topic/event?

Why is this book historical fiction?

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