The Whipping Boy - Developing Independent Readers

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SWBAT read a complex text independently by applying comprehension strategies learned to aide in understanding the piece.

Big Idea

The students will practice applying the comprehension strategies we have learned about in this unit as they read complex texts independently.


Comprehension Strategies Review

15 minutes

In this unit, we have been learning about strategies we can use to make meaning with complex texts.  In this lesson, students will apply what they have learned from these strategies to make meaning as we continue to read "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman.  To begin this lesson, we will review the comprehension strategies we have been working on in this unit.  I have included a PowerPoint in the resources to review these strategies.

Fleischman, S. (2003). The Whipping Boy. New York, NY : Greenwillow Books

The Whipping Boy - Independent Read

20 minutes

After reviewing the comprehension strategies with the students, I will challenge the students to use those strategies as they read chapters thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen in "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman. I wil as the students to try to take notes or remember the strategies they use as they read.  This will help them in the group activity I have planned next.

The Whipping Boy - Group Reread

20 minutes

Now that my students have had a chance to read through chapters thirteen through fifteen, they will now have the opportunity of analyzing with their peers where they have applied comprehension strategies while reading to help make meaning from the text.  I will have students reread the three chapters in "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman aloud as a group.  Each student will take a turn reading.  As they read, I will have them raise their hands when they would like to talk about a strategy they used or they have something to share that helped them make meaning with the text.  They can also ask questions to help clarify if they are unsure of an idea or meaning of a word.

This is the first year I have tried this particular approach.  I am hoping to provide a forum for real discussion that delves into the heart and meaning of the text similar to literature discussion groups I experienced as an A.P. English student in high school.  How incredible that we are teaching students to get to the heart and meaning of text in 4th grade rather than waiting for them to experience that until high school like me.  I always loved to read as a child and read all the time, but it wasn't until high school when we dug deeper into the text when I developed a passion for reading.