Working Kids

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SWBAT: connect an article about kids who work to support their family, to the fictional book, The Fourth Stall.

Big Idea

I'm always looking for opportunities to bring in nonfiction to support our understanding of a literary text.

Guiding Question

5 minutes

This Guiding Question gets the kids to make connections for a deeper understanding.


50 minutes

I gave the kids the working kids article and asked that they annotate for understanding, and then to fill in any text-to-text or text-to-self connections in the graphic organizer on the bottom.

When we were finished, we read The Fourth Stall, while students filled out their Double Entry Journal, focusing on how the characters are changing over the course of the novel.