Lesson: 1: Predicting Based on Relationships
Students will be able to make predictions based on character relationships.
(I) will explain to students that understanding character relationships in a book helps readers make predictions (guesses about which events will happen next) in a story. I read pages 1-3 of Soupy Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume. I will model making a prediction about what will happen in the story based on the relationship between Pain and The Great One. Since both the Pain and the Great One think that their parents love the other more, I think they are jealous of one another. Maybe that is why they have come up with these nicknames for one another. If they are jealous of one another then they probably get into many arguments. I think they are not going to get along very well in the story. I predict that the Pain and the Great One will fight a lot in the story.
(We) will read continue reading Saturdays with the Pain and the Great One, stopping on page 9, when Abigail says “what?” to the Pain. We will predict how Abigail will treat the Pain based on their relationship and his fear. We know that the Pain and the Great One are jealous of one another. Do you think Abigail will be supportive of the Pain or do you think she will make fun of him?
(You) will listen as I continue reading to the end of page 13. You will predict whether the Pain gets a haircut because of the cardboard ears Great One makes. You will explain your prediction based on what you know about the Pain and Great One’s relationship so far. (Independent Practice is provided.)
Note - Students should be able to predict that the Pain will actually get his haircut because even though he and his sister annoy each other, he also listens to what she tells him and she tries to give him good advice.
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