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Global Read Aloud Project 2012

CCSS Reading Rubric

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Fourth Week
Monday: Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences
Design Thinking: Wordles for Ivan Poem; Choice of Questions

Dot Day Award -- Use Google Presentation

Third Week (p. 118-206)

Mon & Tues, 10/15/12: Character Analysis

Design Thinking for Summaries, Character (domain), Character Lives (Stella, Ruby)

When and why does Ivan’s feelings about “domains” change?

Why is this important to the story?

Thurs: Write a letter from Ivan to Mack. -- See Task page and Kidblogs.

Review Evidence

Finish: Use your sticky notes to write
poem for Ivan
Create and explain a wordle

Second Week (p.79-117)

Introductions Through ______

Questions 7 8 9
7)  Discuss Ruby’s story about the humans who rescued her in the jungle (pp. 101-104). What does this story tell us about some humans?

8) What is Ivan’s initial reaction to the arrival of Ruby? Compare Ruby’s arrival with that of a new baby in a human household.  How does her arrival affect all the other animals at the mall? When and why do Ivan’s feelings about Ruby change?

9) Why does Ivan promise Stella that he will take care of Ruby when he knows how hard it will be to keep that promise? How does Ivan know that Stella is gone before anyone else does?

Questions 5-8

Catch Up -- Comment

Mr Ross's Questions

Use your sticky notes to write
a poem for Ivan
Create and explain a wordle

Wordle Design Thinking

Evidence: It's Elementary

  • Make a prediction about what will happen in the story.
  • Research five interesting facts about gorillas and post them in a blog.

First week (Pg. 1-78)




What do you know?

The Trailer

The Mountain Gorilla

Touched by a Mountain Gorilla

Further Research

Gorilla Research Center

Family Reunion

The Encounter BackStory

The Gorilla Family

Final Thoughts
A Gorilla Story

RI1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

RI 2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas

RI 3: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

RI 9: Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Standards as Goals:

I can read analyze a text to see the connections between events by seeing how the text is comparing, using analogies, or using categories. (3) I can read closely to infer the theme of a the texts and analyze how the theme developed. (2) I can summarize key supporting details and ideas, citing specific evidence to support my conclusions of fact. (1)

I can read different texts on the same idea and identify where the texts disagree; I can tell which is more factual and which has a better interpretation based on the evidence in each text. (9)

Questions to Consider (3):
  1. What connections can you make among the text’s individuals, ideas, or events? How might you compare or categorize the connections?
  2. What distinctions can you make between the text’s individuals, ideas, or events? How might you compare or categorize the between?
  3. What analogy best illustrates the connections/distinctions found in the text?

Questions to Consider (9):
  1. What topic do both of the texts address?
  2. How do the texts differ in the information they present?
  3. Is the differing information factual or interpretive?
  4. Which text do you think is accurate? Why?

Stories about people owning wild animals appear every year. Should people own animals taken from their natural habitats? What are the benefits or consequences? What solution best meets the needs of the animals? Use evidence from the articles to present your findings.

First: What was Ivan's life really like? Read the author's page: Katherine Applegate  What was the author's purpose in writing the book?

Next, read at least two of the texts below. Read each carefully to see how the theme / message is developed -- how are the ideas connected to help you infer the message / theme? Then compare the texts: Are the facts and interpretations the same or different? Which text is more accurate? What did you discover?

Questions while reading:
  • What is the author telling me?  (each paragraph or section)
  • Are there any hard or important words?
  • How does the author play with words to add to meaning?
  • What does the author want me to understand?

Text Idea Relationship Strategies while reading:

What part of the text:

~ shows similar ideas or adds to the idea? (add)
¬ shows exceptions or contrasts -- what is NOT true (not)
shows sequence of events (time)
shows cause and effect of ideas / events (cause)

How will you:
  • infer the message
  • cite your evidence
  • note the facts
  • note the interpretations
  • summarize each texts main ideas
  • compare the texts -- facts/interpretations
  • explain your discoveries
How will you share your explanation?
With whom will you share it?