Lesson: Introduction to the Book

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Objective:  Students will be able to use pre-reading strategies to prepare them for a new novel. 

Lesson Plan

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Do Now:  Have you ever imagined a secret word that lived within a real-life place?  Or had your own secret place you went to, to escape?  Write 8-10 sentences describing the place.  If you have time, draw a picture of it. (see attached file) 

Vocabulary: none 

Opening:  Today we are starting a brand new book!!!  I’m very excited because this book has to do with one of my favorite places in the world…THE ZOO!  Our new book is called “The Secret Zoo.”  When I picked this book up, I made sure to look at the different features that helped me to figure out if I was going to like this book:  the title, back cover with the summary of the book, the reviews; and as luck would have it, I enjoyed “The Secret Zoo so much that I wanted to share it with you!

Direct Instruction (I DO): 

As good readers, there are some strategies that we can do in order to start us thinking about the book we are going to read:

Questioning, Predicting, thinking about the genre, and thinking about possible things we know about the topics in the story.  In order to do this, there are some questions we can ask ourselves:

"What clues does the title give me about the story?"
"Is this a real or imaginary story?"
"Why am I reading this?"
"What do I already know about___?"
"What predictions can I make?"

In order to do this, we have to look at those text features I used to see if I was going to enjoy this book:  Front Cover (title and cover art), Back Cover (summary), first couple of pages inside the book (reviews), and Author Bio.

  • Point out these features to students as you list them out. 
  • Student will have their own copies of the book, so students should be following along and looking at these features with you.

Guided Practice (WE DO): 

  • Read through the features and discuss how this influences their understanding about what the book will be about.

Independent Practice (YOU DO): 

  • Students will answer these questions (see attached file)
    • "What clues does the title give me about the story?"
      "Is this a real or imaginary story?"
      "Why am I reading this?"
      "What do I already know about___?"
      "What predictions can I make?"
  • Students will also illustrate their own version of _____________’s Secret Zoo (see attached file)
    • Make a ­___________’s Secret Zoo MAP
    • Provide Examples of Zoo maps from around the country (see attached links)

Closing:  Read the Prelude to get students into and excited about the story. 

Lesson Resources

Lesson 28 Map   Activity
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Lesson 28 DO NOW   Starter / Do Now
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Lesson 28   Lesson Plan
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Lesson 28 Prereading Questions   Classwork
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National Zoo Map
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San Diego Zoo Map
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Buffalo Zoo Map
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Houston Zoo Map
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Minnesota Zoo Map
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Baltimore Zoo Map
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The Secret Zoo
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