A Close Read of What Jo Did
Lesson 1 of 8
Objective: SWBAT complete a story map after reading and discussing the story "What Jo Did."
I reviewed the story map with students and got them to explain what information was required in each section. Story maps are quite versatile. I have found story mapping to be an effective post-reading activity and often a good pre-writing activity. For this lesson, I will be using it as a post-reading activity.
During this part of the lesson, I took the opportunity to review with scholars the various types of evidence authors cite in writing - facts, examples, quotations, definitions, to name a few. I explained to them that when we do the close read, they are re-reading the story to find information which supports their responses. The reasons and evidence they provide tell the who, what, when, where, how, and why.
To close the lesson, I have my students to go back to the story map graphic organizer I reviewed with them at the beginning of the lesson to complete it. Now that we have had an opportunity to complete a close read, writing the responses on the story map should be easier for them.
Vocabulary notebooks are my scholars' own personal dictionaries. To close the lesson, I have them to take 5 minutes to make entries in their vocabulary notebooks of any new words they learned today. This activity is aligned with CCSS ELA key shift #1 - Regular practice with complex text and its academic language.