Kenny & the Dragon Day Four: Chapter 6 & Chapter 7

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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 13-18 for chapters four and five.  

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

Question 14:  Which set of words illustrates Grahame's character the best?

Discussion Idea:  Ask your students to role play and pretend to be Grahame.  Identify characteristics that make Grahame's character unique.

Question 17:  The illustration of Grahame in this chapter supports the event...

Discussion Idea:  Turn and talk with a neighbor about the story the illustrations in this chapter tell.  Are they important to the plot?  Why did the author choose to illustrate these moments of the story?  

After we have gone through and checked and/or discussed each of the questions, I ask two student volunteers to share one of their summaries from either chapter four or five with the class on our document camera. (I always ask students first.)  We compare them to the rubric that was handed out on day one, noting all of the great things we see in the student summaries.

(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 19-24 in the Kenny & the Dragon Novel Questions packet.  I additionally have them turn and share with a neighbor what they're going to be on the look out for while reading today!

Abridged Summary Writing:  The students are well into the routine of reading, taking notes, and writing their abridged summaries.  During our review today, we discussed samples and compared them to our rubric.  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.  (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 "Kerfuffle Down in Roundbrook", and "Imminent Extermination" 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 six, "Kerfuffle Down in Roundbrook", and chapter seven, "Imminent Extermination".

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 chapters six and seven.  (See Student Samples Chapter Six and Seven)

Comprehension Questions:  The students answer questions for chapter six, "Kerfuffle Down in Roundbrook", and chapter seven, "Imminent Extermination" 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)