A Close Read of What Jo Did

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SWBAT complete a story map after reading and discussing the story "What Jo Did."

Big Idea

Students will create a story map graphic organizer after completing a close read of the story "What Jo Did."


1 minutes


4 minutes

I reviewed the story map with students and got them to explain what information was required in each section.  Story maps are quite versatile.  I have found story mapping to be an effective post-reading activity and often a good pre-writing activity.  For this lesson, I will be using it as a post-reading activity.

Close Read

30 minutes

During this part of the lesson, I took the opportunity to review with scholars the various types of evidence authors cite in writing - facts, examples, quotations, definitions, to name a few.  I explained to them that when we do the close read, they are re-reading the story to find information which supports their responses.  The reasons and evidence they provide tell the who, what, when, where, how, and why.

Story Mapping

20 minutes

To close the lesson, I have my students to go back to the story map graphic organizer I reviewed with them at the beginning of the lesson to complete it.  Now that we have had an opportunity to complete a close read, writing the responses on the story map should be easier for them.


5 minutes

Vocabulary notebooks are my scholars' own personal dictionaries.  To close the lesson, I have them to take 5 minutes to make entries in their vocabulary notebooks of any new words they learned today.  This activity is aligned with CCSS ELA key shift #1 - Regular practice with complex text and its academic language.