Kenny & the Dragon Day Eight: Chapter 14 & Conclusion

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SWBAT read grade level literature, and write an abridged summary for each chapter showing comprehension of the most important events, character, and summary information in a novel. SWBAT create an engaging audio recording and visual display of one of their abridged summaries.

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Read literature, write abridged summaries, and answer comprehension questions

Welcome to My Lesson

Thank you for visiting my lessons about the novel Kenny & the Dragon,.  This set of lessons is part of a larger six-week unit my school is implementing about dragons, gods, giants, ancient Greece, and the Olympics.  We study one extended, or longer text, in each of our six ELA units, similarly recommended by the PARCC Model Content Frameworks for ELA.  You could also use these lessons and resources with small groups of students as a novel study.  It took my class eight days to complete the study and work we did with this novel, however you could complete more chapters in one day, if you have the time.

We are nearing the end of the school year, and it was my hope that the students could do as much reading as possible while studying this piece of literature, keeping Common Core Standard RL3.10 in mind.  The Lexile level is 820 which is near the top of the recommended third text complexity band for the Common Core State Standards.  I also love this book for the wonderful vocabulary it offers, great discussions that were facilitated about the novel, and my students really enjoyed it!

Whether using this set of lessons with an individual student, small group, or whole class, I hope you find it helpful!  Thank you!

Review of Yesterday's Literature

10 minutes

We review yesterday's reading by correcting comprehension questions from my Kenny & the Dragon Novel Questions packet.  This includes questions 37-42 for chapters twelve and thirteen.  

Similar to previous days, we review by discussing, not just calling out answers.  Here are some discussion ideas related to the questions for chapters six and seven:

Question 37:  What is the meaning of the expression, "We're fish in a barrel!"?

Discussion Idea:  What clues in the text helped you understand the meaning of the expression?

Question 42:  Based on the events of this chapter, what will most likely happen next?

Discussion Idea:  How do you know?  Compare your predictions for the end of the story with your neighbor.    

After we have gone through and checked and/or discussed each of the questions, I ask the students to share their chapter twelve and thirteen summaries with members of their table groups.  After they've shared, I call on each group to share one summary out loud with the whole class.

(See Resource Files:  Kenny & the Dragon Novel Questions and Kenny & the Dragon Abridged Summaries)

Lesson: Writing an Abridged Summary & Text Based Questions

10 minutes

Before Reading:  I ask the students to preview question 43-48 in the Kenny & the Dragon Novel Questions packet.  I have the students turn to a neighbor to explain why we are previewing questions.

Abridged Summary Writing:  The students are well into the routine of reading, taking notes, and writing their abridged summaries.  They have their summary writing tips and rubric to guide them as they work.  You'll notice that I've gradually released my students so that they can have a chance to meet their objectives independently.  A quick review and they're on their way!  (See Resource Files:  Abridged Summary Tips and Abridged Summaries Rubric) 

Comprehension Questions:  We read through our multiple choice question strategies:

Read questions before you read the text

Read all of the answer choices

Refer back to the text for your answers

Use information from the text and your own ideas (schema) to answer

Predictions:  We make predictions for the conclusion of our novel, "A Favorable Outcome", and "And So..." before the students begin their reading and writing for today.


Reading, Summary Writing, & Comprehension

20 minutes

The students have the following tasks to work on while independently reading and writing about Kenny & the Dragon.  My shared reading block is right before our literacy centers and guided reading time, so my students complete these activities before heading to a literacy center.

Reading:  The students will read chapter fourteen, "A Favorable Outcome", and the conclusion, "And So...".

Summary Writing:  Using tips and suggestions from our lesson and visual aides, the students write an abridged summary with an accompanying illustration to support their text for chapter fourteen and the conclusion.  (See Student Samples Chapter Fourteen and Conclusion)

Comprehension Questions:  The students answer questions for chapter fourteen, "A Favorable Outcome", and the conclusion, "And So..." using multiple choice question strategies. 

Recording Abridged Summaries

10 minutes

As part of this literature study, my students recorded an abridged summary of their choice.  I had my students record their summaries all at the end of our Kenny & the Dragon study, but you could have students record every day.  This is what I'm going to do next year, and why I've put it at the end of each lesson in this set of eight lessons!

The purpose of the recording is to meet speaking and listening standards. The students enjoyed the final product that we created, which were digital books of abridged summaries.  I usedCamtasia and SMART Notebook to record my student's illustrations and audio recording of their summaries.  However, there are many ways you can record your students audio and visual work.  

I assessed my students audio recording and visual display using the last two sections on the rubric.  (See Resource File:  Abridged Summaries Rubric in Lesson Section)