Skip to contentContribute to ReadWriteThink / RSS / FAQs / Site Demonstrations / Contact Us / About Us



Contribute to ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you.



Professional Development

Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals.



Did You Know?

Your students can save their work with Student Interactives.

More more

HomeClassroom ResourcesLesson Plans

Lesson Plan

Developing Students' Critical Thinking Skills Through Whole-Class Dialogue

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time One 60-minute session (small class) or three 30-minute sessions (large class)
Lesson Author

Kate Chiliberti

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • My Freedom Trip by Frances Park and Ginger Park (Boyds Mills Press, 1998)

  • Chart paper, board, or overhead

back to top



Central Question Chart

back to top



back to top



1. You may want to provide your students with some background information about the situation between North and South Korea before and during the Korean War. This background information may help students better understand and relate to the young girl in the story.

The following webpages may be useful for background information:

2. Depending on text availability and whether students will be reading silently or whether you will be reading the book aloud, have one copy of My Freedom Trip per student or one copy for the class.

3. Make a Central Question Chart on chart paper, the board, or overhead that includes the central question, two possible positions, and room for supporting reasons. Include two columns for evaluating the supporting reasons.

back to top