Let’s Read a Story


ELAR-Grade-4 Literary Genres Let’s Read a Story
Students discuss how they guess what a story will be about. Then, they read the title and first sentences of a historical fictional short story to practice those skills. Next, they read the entire story and look back at their questions and confirm or correct predictions. Finally, they create or find an illustration for the story.

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Overview

In this experience, students discuss how they guess what a story will be about. Then, they read the title and first sentences of a historical fictional short story to practice those skills. Next, they read the entire story and look back at their questions and confirm or correct predictions. Finally, they create or find an illustration for the story.

Objectives

  • Ask questions and make predictions about a story before reading it.
  • Ask questions and confirm predictions about a story while reading.
  • Identify elements of historical fiction.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Words Used in the Story

  • foes: enemies
  • rude: (1) uncivilized, primitive; (2) unfinished, not well made
  • patter: light tapping sounds
  • toiled: worked hard
  • frail: weak
  • disheartened: without hope or joy


Before you read a story, you probably have questions about it. You might predict—make a guess—what will happen in the story. As you read, many of your questions are answered. And you might have more questions and predictions, too. In this experience, you will learn how to use questions and predictions to help you understand stories.

Objectives

  • Ask questions and make predictions about a story before reading it.
  • Ask questions and confirm predictions about a story while reading.
  • Identify elements of historical fiction.


girl reading a book

Imagine that your teacher assigns you a story to read. (That’s exactly what’s going to happen in this experience!)


Before you read a story, what do you do to help you guess what it will be about?

Post your answer

Responses might include, but are not limited to:

  • Read the title.
  • Look at the pictures.
  • Read the first line.
  • Read subheadings.
  • Ask questions about the above text features.
  • Predict who the characters are.
  • Predict where and when the story takes place.
  • Ask a friend who has read it.


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