Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Me and Uncle Romie"

This is a historical fiction story about a boy who visits his aunt and uncle in New York City in the 1930s. The response question for the students is: What lessons did James learn from visiting New York Vity? How do you know he learned these lessons?

Monday, April 5, 2010

"Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story From China"

This week we are continuing with character comparison. Today's question is How are Shang and the Wolf similar? Please give text evidence to support your answer.

Monday, February 8, 2010

"Superfudge" by Judy Blume
This week the students are commenting on a class read-aloud novel we are reading together over the next few weeks.

Who is my main character? What is his main problem? What other problems is he having in his life right now?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Rat Girl Gets Married"

This is a folktale about a rat girl who wants to marry rat boy, but her parents instead thinks she should marry the strongest husband possible...

What lesson is the author trying to convey by telling this tale?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"What's Your Problem, Kid?"

Who is the main character in this story, what problem does he encounter, and how does he react?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

"Finishing First" and "Working to Win"

This week the students read two passages in shared reading in order to work on our comparison and contrast skills. Before comparing the two main characters of each story, the students first thought about them individually. This response asked, "What lesson do each of the main characters, Denise and Jordan, learn in the stories?"

Monday, November 23, 2009

"Big Trouble In Little Village"

This story is about a boy named Carlos who is distressed when he finds something bad had happened to his precious bicycle. An annoying old neighbor, Mr. Novak, turns out to be a surprisingly big help . . .

The students response question was: "How do Carlos' thoughts about Mr. Novak change in this story? Provide text evidence to help you prove your answer."