There are several ways to read this book together. I used an online book and turned the sound off and we read it together. If you have an Elmo to show the book on the screen, that would also work fine. If you only have 1 copy, you can read and show the pictures.
This is one of the lessons in the middle of my predicting unit. I have demonstrated several of the reading strategies in this lesson in previous lessons. Feel free to take a look at some of the lessons in this unit: Peek Inside and Predict (Lesson 1 of 2), Peek Inside and Predict (Lesson 2 of 2), Predict the Ending - It Goes Around and Around, Making Shadows with Foreshadowing While We Predict, Predict Using Characters' Action and Rhythm, Go Figure with Figurative Language and Tie it Together with Transition Words.
Underlined words below are lesson vocabulary words that are emphasized and written on sentence strips for my Reading & Writing word wall. I pull off the words off the wall for each lesson, helping students understand this key 'reading and writing' vocabulary can be generalized across texts and topics. The focus on acquiring and using these words is part of a shift in the Common Core Standards towards building students’ academic vocabulary. My words are color coded ‘pink’ for literature/’blue’ for reading strategies/’orange’ for informational text/'yellow' for writing/’green’ for all other words.
Gain student interest
Explain the task:
The Common Core Standards represent a shift in emphasis to character study. Students examine how the characters change and their point of view, as evidence by students' reading in the characters' voices. (RL.2.6) By acknowledging differences in the points of view of characters, including speaking in a different voice for eau character when reading dialogue aloud, students are assess how the point of view shapes the contend and style of the text.
This is the second lesson that I've taught about cyclical stories, so the students are familiar with the diagram and the idea that authors may have events cycle back from the end to the beginning. The other lesson that I taught with this cyclical story topic was Predict the Ending... It Goes Around and Around.
Create the cyclical story diagram
In this lesson, students describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and then ending concludes the action. (RL.2.5) They are analyzing the structure of the text, looking at how pages, sections and scenes relate to each other and as a whole. This is evidence of 'close reading', a shift in the Common Core State Standards toward deepening comprehension by studying the structure of a story and how the parts relate to the whole.
Complete the project
Reflect as a large and small group
Scaffolding and Special Education
This lesson can be scaffolded up or down, depending on student level.
For my special education students, I made sure the groups were diverse and they were not all grouped together. I also gave them extra support when they were writing the events, sometimes by checking their answers and sometimes by writing prompts on their slates at their desks.
For more talented students, you could easily adapt this lesson. They would enjoy the group work and could be excellent models for reading. The idea of cyclical stories would be great for them and you could challenge them to find other stories that are also cyclical.