Anchor Text: Stella Discovers Gravity
Grade 5 level
To provide gist, scan, detailed, deduction and inference reading practice using a text about Stella discovers Gravity in the context of about a girl who struggles to come up with an idea for the science fair in her school.
students notice complete sentences
Procedure (51-60 minutes)
The teacher greets students in a lovely way. Then she throws her marker on the floor in front of students, and ask them: "Why do you think, the marker fell down instead of flying?" Some students will answer: "gravity". The teacher praises them very much and let one of them to explain what is meant by gravity to the class.
Students look at the pictures included in the story, read the title and try to guess what the topic will be about and get the main idea. The teacher elicits information from them without indicating right or not. The teacher asks students to open p. 12 on the Student Book, and let one of them to read about the reader. Then the teacher explains to students that this story's genre is humorous fiction. Therefore, students, while they read, look for funny events, characters, and dialogue that contains jokes.
Students scan the pages to get the main characters and the setting of the story. Students take two minutes to read pages 14& 15 to describe Stella's character. The teacher asks students do you think that Stella is smart enough to learn fro her past mistakes? Read p. 16 then answer! The teacher listens to students' answers and ask them to read p. 17 to tell what is the conflict of Stella? The teacher asks students: "How do the events contribute to the story's humorous tone?
The teacher writes on the board "in the blink of an eye" and ask students to read p. 19 to tell what does the writer mean by saying this sentence? the teacher listens to their answers. Students are asked to read p. 20 to tell how gravity effects were clear. Students read p. 21 to tell how does Mom's advice helps Stella with her problems? The teacher asks students what does the author mean when he says: "all the excitement was too much for Stella?" Students read pages 22& 23 to answer the question written on the board: " Which clues in the story hinted the resolution?
The teacher asks Students: 1- what is the style of illustration in this story? 2- Do you think that the author managed to deliver the sense of humor? The teacher chooses a group of students to act p. 20. In this stage, students will have a lot of fun. Finally the teacher divided students into three groups. Each group put themselves in the place of the writer to change the resolution of Stella's conflict.