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When I Was Young In...A Literature to Language Experience
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Seven 40- to 60-minute sessions|
Peaks Island, Maine
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant (Puffin, 1993)
- Composition paper
- Art supplies
- A jackdaw
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long. Students and teachers can use the flip book for taking notes while reading, making picture books, collecting facts, or creating question and answer booklets.
- Sample "When I Was Young" Text
- Using Past-Tense Verbs Assessment
- Using Past-Tense Verbs Assessment Answer Key
- Writing Rubric for When I Was Young In... Flip Books
- Speaking Rubric for When I Was Young In...
- When I Was Young... Rough Draft Template
|1.||Obtain and familiarize yourself with When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. Practice reading the book aloud with expression. Write questions on sticky notes and place them in appropriate places so that you know when to pause and ask students for their contributions. Questions for discussion include:
|2.||You will also want to make a list of past-tense verbs from the book to use as a reference during Session 2.
|3.||Prepare a jackdaw, which is one way to introduce a unit or book because it encourages discussion, helps students access prior knowledge, and gets them to use predicting skills. Use a box (such as a shoebox) containing items related to the story you wish to share with the class. Items for this book might include photos of a general store or a johnny-house, a recipe for cornbread, a toy snake, a lump of coal, or a cocoa can. You might also include objects from your past that are important to you (e.g., a piece of cloth from an article of clothing, a book, or a knickknack).
|4.||Visit the websites related to Cynthia Rylant that are listed in the Resources section so that you are prepared to discuss her background with students (see Session 1, Step 2). Questions and points for discussion include:
|5.||Your students will be using computers to write a story and make a book in the same format as the Rylant book. Visit the Flip Book tool and familiarize yourself with its use so you are prepared to help students use it as well. Review the Sample "When I Was Young" Text and use it to help you prepare a flip book of your own to share with the class showing your expectations for them. You might mention some of the objects you included in your jackdaw in the story.
|6.||If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve one 40- to 60-minute session in your school's computer lab. Bookmark the Flip Book tool on your classroom or lab computers.
|7.||Familiarize yourself with the Think-Pair-Share, strategy. This strategy works as follows:
|8.||Make one copy of the Using Past-Tense Verbs Assessment, the Writing Rubric for When I Was Young In... Flip Books, the Speaking Rubric for When I Was Young In..., and the When I Was Young... Rough Draft Template for each student in your class.