Reluctant Readers

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Admit Slip: 3-2-1

3. List three words you think of when you look at this picture.

2. Write two ideas you have based on the picture and your words. If possible, use your words as you write your ideas. a. I think b. I think...

1. Write one question you have. Dr. Janet Allen

Information Pass:Text Type Related Vocabulary Information/Questions


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Expert Groups: Bucking the SargeChoose one of the following topics and become our expert on the topic. When we encounter your topic in our reading of Bucking the Sarge, well ask you to provide background knowledge to help us understand the importance of that topic in our novel.

Flint, Michigan Philosopher Methuselah Millenium Hokey Pokey

Rolex Ferragamos Benjamins Little House on the Prairie Adrenaline/fight or flight response

Temptations, Funkadelics, Marvin Gaye Titanic Morticia Scurvy [lurvy] Billy Goat Gruff Hansel and Gretel Mody Dick Sheep in a Jeep Loan shark Caveat emptor Pablo Picasso Muhammad Ali Ali Baba Versace Port Saint Lucie Jacob Lawrence Black Panthers Nobel Peace Prize Fred Flintstone/Barney Rubble Fidel (Castro)/Havana Garden of Eden Lead Poisoning

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I/Were Experts On __________Back of CardIllustrations:

Front of Card


My Thoughts/Connections:

Important Points for Presentation: * * * * Sources/Citations:

Important Names, Dates, Words:

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Vocab-O-GramUse the vocabulary words in the word bank to make predictions about the book we are reading. You can use the words more than once to make your predictions. Think about how you think the author of the book will use the words in the story. List words that you think will go with each category of the story structure and then use those words to make predictions and answer the questions about structure. If there are words your group cant use because they are too unfamiliar, list those words at the bottom as Mystery Words. Word Bank:

SettingHow will the author describe the setting?

CharactersWhat predictions can you make about the characters?

ConflictWhat will the conflict be? Who will be involved?

PlotWhat will happen in the story?

ResolutionHow will the story end?

QuestionsWhat questions do you have about the story?

Mystery WordsAdapted from Blackhowicz, C. L. Z. (1986). Making connections: Alternatives to the vocabulary notebook. Journal of Reading, 29, 643-649.

Language Collection: The Revolutionary WarInflammatory Words Names/Places

War Words

Military Words



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Portable Word Wall for _______________C-D E-F G-H










Word Notes:

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Now That I Know: Previewing as Pre-readingWhen reading non-fiction, it is extremely important to preview the text. If you preview a text before reading, you are more likely to make connections to and remember what you read. Use the text features in When Elephants Fight to discover facts, make predictions, and generate questions before reading. P: Predict: Look at the cover. Make some predictions about the book based on what you see here.

R: Review the Table of Contents: Review the 5 chapters listed in the Contents. List the chapter titles below. 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________ 4. ______________________________ 5. ______________________________ From your review of the chapter titles, make three predictions about what we will learn from this book and how this story might be told.

E: Examine the Visuals: There are a lot of photographs, diagrams, illustrations, and art work. Write three fast facts you gained from examining the visuals. 1. ____________________________________________________________ 2. ____________________________________________________________ 3. ____________________________________________________________

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V: Vocabulary: Vocabulary can be challenging in some nonfiction books. Skim the captions that go with the visuals. Complete the following sentence starters: 1. I think the vocabulary in this book will be ___________________________________________________. 2. The words seem to be related to ___________________________________________________________. 3. I think Ill find the language in this book challenging because ____________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________. 4. Strategies Ill use to make the vocabulary easier to read and remember are __________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________.

I: Index: The Index can give us a quick sense of the topics we will read about in a nonfiction book. What can you predict about the content or organization of this book based on the index?

E: Establish a Plan: Now that you have previewed this book, what plan do you have for noting and remembering the information?

W: What is Your Response? Draw an image or write a response after previewing the book. You will revisit your illustration and/or response after you read this book to add your new thoughts after reading.

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I was thinking...

Emotions I was experiencing...

I wanted them to see...

My plan...

Problems I encountered...

As a result of my actions...

What was she thinking?