Discuss with your students how an author has a purpose for writing a book. This purpose is usually either to entertain, to persuade, or to inform. After reading Thank You, Mr.
Making thematic connections 1. Refer students to the chart on which you recorded their responses to the discussion questions during Session 1 see Session 1, Step 5.
Display a blank Life Lesson Chart on the board or a blank piece of chart paper.
You may wish to view the filled in Life Lesson Chart example to help you structure the chart you develop with your students. Tell students that often stories have several themes or main ideas you might want to give students an example of a theme from another book you have read as a classand that readers make thematic connections as they read.
Help students identify the main themes of Thank You, Mr. Falker, which are "believe in yourself" and "important people in our lives shape how we feel about ourselves" using the following strategy: Do a "picture walk" through the book i.
At each illustration, ask students to summarize what is happening on the page. Tell students that there are two important themes in this story. Ask students what the themes are.
If they cannot do so, identify the themes for students. Now challenge students to make thematic connections by identifying the supporting evidence from the text for this theme. Record their responses on the Life Lesson Chart.
Help students extend the thematic connections to their own lives by responding to the following questions: Who are the important people in your life?
How do the important people in your life make you feel? How do they do that? What do they say?
You may need to determine if the students are ready for this final step. Be sensitive to their feelings; you may want to use only yourself as an example or limit the discussion only to how the important people in their lives make them feel good about themselves.
Read and review the chart together. This helps students review and consolidate the information, encouraging them to reflect as they read. You may want to have students use their response journals as a place to comment on the "So What?
Tell students that during this part of the lesson, they were making thematic connections. Tell them that good readers do this to help them understand the text better. Begin a class list of the books they have chosen.Trisha is very excited to start school, but is dismayed to find learning to read so challenging.
She can’t make sense of the letters. Fortunately, her teacher, Mr. Falker, recognizes that she has dyslexia and gives her the help she needs. Using books to teach a child about courage is a great way to introduce such a big topic. I have loads of books lists ripe for teaching kids big topics, but, first, let's take a step back: how beautiful is the etymology of the word “courage”?
With Memorial Day right around the corner, I have. Explain to students that they are going to write a thank you letter to their special someone. Teach/Review the five parts of a friendly letter (date, greeting, body, closing, signature). Model a thank you letter, if necessary, for your class.
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This teacher read-aloud of Thank You, Mr. Falker and follow-up whole-group instruction provide a basis for improved higher-level reading comprehension. The teacher works with the whole class to model making predictions and personal connections, envisioning character change, and understanding the themes of the book.
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. Thank You, Mr. Falker is the story of a young girl named Trisha who can hardly wait to start school. She excels at many things, but when she tries to read, she only sees a jumbled mess of letters.