Reflection: ELL Students What are you up Goldilocks? - Section 1: Introduction: Read Aloud


This is the first time we are using a read aloud with text dependent questions. I am using a familiar story because I am setting up my students to be successful with their task. My students are English Language Learners. In reading to them aloud and asking them to take notes can be challenging because of the vocabulary even with a familiar story as this one. 

I am also using this story because I feel it's a great one to teach the concept of evidence to young ones. In responding to the text dependent questions, I feel the students did a good job of referring back to the story. I asked questions that asked both about the illustrations and words. I wanted to draw their attention to how in this story, the illustrations add to the storyline. I feel they got this part.

Also, I am teaching my students how to take notes. So today I wanted to model that process by having everyone write down the information on characters and setting after we discussed the respective key details. In the future I want them to take notes without this type of scaffolding.  

In their writing, I asked them to write what the lesson of the story was. My students need much practice with this skill. I didn’t have a discussion about about it. It was up to them to realize it on their own. I thought it was very interesting that some students identified lessons for Goldilocks and another students identified lessons for the bears. I thought it showed creativity. Honestly, I thought most of them would choose Goldilocks, but was pleasantly surprised by their other choices.

For those students who finished early, I asked to recount. I used their recounting as an informal assessment, but unfortunately I don't have the samples to show you - sometimes things get lost in the shuffle! :)

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What are you up Goldilocks?

Unit 17: Folktales
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT ask and answer questions about a literary text.

Big Idea: Illustrations say so much. How do we get our students to pay attention to them? Come find out.

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