Show Me That You Understood What You Just Read!

Leslie S. O'Neal

I.  Rationale
· Children learning to read is one thing; they learn to properly speak words and sentences in order to hopefully read sentences that make sense to them.  But reading to learn is a completely different "animal," in order to truly gain comprehension from text that they have read or have listened to they must have developed auditory and reasoning skills far beyond that of simply reading words properly.  It's always helpful to try to start with a format/book that will interest the children because this will them want to learn from the experience and not just drudge through it to get it over with.

II.  Materials
· Corduroy by Don Freeman (copy for each child)

· Corduroy Handout (this asks for the child's name, date, the title of the book, "I liked the part when·", "I liked this part because·", and draw your favorite part)

· Corduroy Adventure Story Rubric (this asks for a check beside yes or no to the following questions:  "I drew a picture of Corduroy's adventure at my house", "I have 5 or more sentences about what Corduroy did at my house", "I rewrote my Corduroy adventure on the computer", and "My Corduroy adventure is in the class book")

· Pencils

· Extra Paper

· Class Binder for Book

III.  Procedures
· Today class we are going to each read the book called Corduroy.  This book is about a stuffed toy Bear that thinks no one will ever want him because his button is missing; so one night he goes searching for in the huge Department Store.  You may read by yourself or with a partner (this may need to be decided in advance so that everyone will truly be reading regardless of their reading level).

· When the children are done reading hold a grand conversation about the many aspects of the story, including:
~ How would you have felt if you were Corduroy?
~ Would you have done something different?
~ Do you think the girl could hear Corduroy talking or how else do you think she may have understood how he felt?
~ What was your favorite part of the story?
~ What do you think may have happened to him if the little girl hadn't come back to buy him?
~ Did you ever feel this way about a toy or object that you owned?

· Now I would like you to retell your favorite part of the story and tell me why it was your favorite part?  Include the title of the book and really use your adjectives and think hard about what you want me to know about your feelings and what happened in the book.  I will be giving you a handout to fill in and illustrate on.

· As you can see I have a bear here sitting with me and I will be sending him home with each one of you.  You will be writing to me and the class telling us about the wonderful adventures that Corduroy has at your house.

· I will be sending a note home with you to tell your parents what it is that you are supposed to be doing and I will also be providing you with a rubric on which you score your Corduroy Adventure how you see fit.

IV.  Assessment
· Review their Corduroy handouts.

· Check to make sure their self-assessments on their rubrics really do accurately assess their Corduroy adventure stories.

· Put together a class book to send around to parents once it's compiled.

V.  Works Consulted
· A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature, courtesy of the Read-Write-Think site:

· It's Raining Meatballs by: Kellie Edberg

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