Re-read The Books
I found a great version here. Now, this isn’t the version they gave us, it was a boring wheel. I love this one and am planning on printing it out, laminating it, and putting it by my desk to help remind me of a key to getting my three little ones to participate in higher thinking.
Analyzing is an important part of learning. When we investigate, compare, contrast, explain, identify and examine we participate in a “transactional process in which students bring meaning to and take meaning from the books they read and discuss” (Tavers & Tavers, 2008, p. 90).
Students will create a matrix comparing and contrasting different aspects of Cinderella stories across cultures to determine understanding.
- Review Raisel’s Riddle, The Egyptian Cinderella, The Korean Cinderella, and The Rough-Faced Girl, The Irish Cinderlad.
- Create a matrix including similarities across characters, magic, use of animals, going to a ball, similarity in clothing (the shoe), ect. Compare matrix, Compare Matrix Answer Key(Can I tell you how excited that I figured out that I can include word documents into WordPress????)
- Writing down how Cinderella, Yeh-Shen and one of the other stories are similar is a rehearsal activity for students to prepare for an essay. When they gathers their ideas and put them in a visual format they will be able to recall the information needed.
Write a four paragraph essay
My son Dee doesn’t like to read or write when he is with us. I think because he only sees his dad and siblings so rarely he thinks the weekend should be going to the movies, swimming at the Y, or the park. I have started to do “Family Learning Times” so that he sees we are all learning together. It is important for him to see the connection between reading and writing, and to be an example for his siblings. I found several great formats for a compare/contrast essay for the kids to work on this summer that is simple to use and includes the chart he needs. Chase will draw a picture and then tell me the story in his own words, as well as attempt to write the story, which is part of the Language Experience Approach.
Samuels, S.J. (2002) Reading Fluency: Its Development and assessment. In S. J. Samuels & A. E. Farstrup (Eds.), What Research has to say about reading instruction (3rd ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association, Inc.
Tavers, B.E. & Tavers, J.F. (2008). Children’s literature: A developmental perspective. Boston: Wiley and Sons