Lesson Plan : "A Picture Is Worth A 1000 Words"

Teacher Name:
 Sharlene Lee
 Grade 4
 Language Arts

 Summarizing a story through illustrations.
 Fictional Reading Selection: Example: Naming the Cat Important vocabulary: curious, impatient, extraordinary, scooted, feral, suggest, bolted and fit (as multiple meanings)
 The children wil be able to summarize the main ideas of a fictional selection to their buddy partner using their created illustrations. This could be done by the students writing and sharing the summaries or by orally telling each other their summaries using their illustrations as a guide.
 Objective 2.06 The learner will summarize major points from a fictional text to clarify and retain information and ideas.
 A large piece of paper folded into 8 sections for each student. A fictional text,selected to be used as the read aloud, by the teacher.
 Explain to the students that today you will be listening to a fictional selection. When I stop reading you will use one of your boxes to illustrate the main idea of what I have just read. We will continue this process until you have heard and illustrated the whole story. The teacher will have determined the places which she will stop, throughout the story and have the students to illustrate.
 Begin by reading a short part of the story and then model, to the students what their illustration should look like in the first box (targeting the main idea).
 For the next few boxes, the teacher will monitor what the students are illustrating and making sure they are understanding what to do.
 Depending on your group of students and on the amount of practice they might have had with this strategy, you might stop after the first four boxes and have them to do a quick summary with their partner. As they get better with the strategy you might want to complete the whole selection and then summarize. When you buddy up students, make sure you put a low level student with a medium or medium high student so they will have the extra support. Never put two low students together.
Checking For Understanding:
 Listen to the students as they are summarizing the story with their partner. If you are doing a written piece that they are sharing you can check for understanding from their written summaries and their illustrations. Make sure what they are writing matches their illustations.
 Discuss with the students what they found out about their illustrations. Were they detailed enough with the main idea or were they hard to interpret when they tried to do their summary. Several children can volunteer to share.
 Students are asked to illustrate and summarize another fictional text using the listening center in station time. The story is recorded by the teacher and stopping places are also included in the read aloud.
Teacher Reflections:
 Make sure the students are given a short amount of time to complete their illustrations. Some students would want to take all day. Remind them their objective is to summarize the main ideas not to create a master piece. Children could also be reminded that this is a tool they could use when they are reading their own books independently.

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