Lesson: Text-to-Self Connection: The Ugly Pumpkin

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Lesson Objective

AIMS for the class (on the board before class starts): SWBAT make a text-to-self connection with The Ugly Pumpkin.

Lesson Plan

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Achievement First Lesson Planning Template (2-pager)                 

                                                                                                                                   

Teacher:  Strattner

Date: 

Subject: Reading Comp

Class:  Louisville: Hippo

AIMS for the class (on the board before class starts):

 

SWBAT make a text-to-self connection with The Ugly Pumpkin.

 

EXIT SLIP / Assessment of FIRM MASTERY of the Aims:

 

SW draw/write about their text-to-self connection.

AGENDA with times for each item (on board before class starts):

 

I: 10 min

We: 10 min

You: 7 min

 

HOMEWORK (usually cumulative review & on the board before class starts):

1) Quick Questions / Do Now (Cumulative Review and Geared for Quick Success) 3-5 minutes

1) Who can remind the class what a text to self connection is? ( A text-to-self connection is when we make a connection between the text and something in our own lives.

2) Students go over the AIMS and AGENDA for the class (on the board) 30 seconds to 1 minute

3) Mini-Lesson / Modeling (“I” or “I/We”) 5-15 minutes

 

  • Scholars yesterday we read the story The Ugly Pumpkin. Who can remind the class what this story was about? (SW raise hands to provide answer: The Ugly Pumpkin was about a pumpkin who felt ugly, no one liked him, no one wanted to take him home etc. He realizes he’s really a squash and finally finds a family/friends etc.)
  • Yesterday we worked on finding the problem and the solution. Today we will spend time making text-to-self connections.
  • Remember, a text-to-self connection is when we make a connection between something that happens in the story and something that has happened in our life.)
  • TW model making a text-to-self connection with the way the ugly pumpkin felt.
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Key Vocabulary 0-5 minutes, interwoven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Guided Practice (“We”) 5-20 minutes

 

  • Why was my text-to-self connection a good one? (SW raise hands to provide answer: Your text-to-self connection was good because you connected to the way the character felt in the story)
  • Today you are going to be making text-to-self connections with the way the ugly pumpkin feels.
  • Have you ever felt left out? Lonely?
  • SW TPS and TW circulate to listen in.
  • TW introduce format of T2S connection sheet: The Ugly Pumpkin felt lonely when no one wanted to pick him. I have felt lonely when…

 

Key questions to check for understanding during GP: (Level 1 and Level 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Way to Check for Understanding before Independent Practice 1-3 minutes (proceed only if class masters)

SW remind their neighbor what they will be doing at their seat.

 

6) Independent (or pair / small group) Practice (“You”):

15-25 minutes

 

  • SW return to their desks and complete their exit slip

 

 

7) Cumulative Review

 

T should ask Ss to make T2S connections with RC books, GR books etc.

8) Homework

 

Have scholars make a T2S connection with a character from a book they are reading at home.  

 

9) Exit Slip / Final Assessment of FIRM MASTERY of the Aim:  1-5 minutes

SW make a T2S connection with The Ugly Pumpkin.

Lesson Reflection

What went well?

 

Scholars were successful because they had spent time making T2S connections. They were familiar with it and this character. Sophie has an easily relatable feeling.  

What would you change?

 

Make sure scholars are making deep connections, not just superficial ones. Make sure to model a great T2S so scholars will understand what is expected of them. 

What needs explanation?

 

Remind scholars that in order to make a great T2S connection they need to connect to the character feeling/experience.

 

Lesson Resources

Text to Self Connection Ugly Pumpkin LP 10   Lesson Plan
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Text to Self Connection Organizer   Classwork
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