To begin the lesson, I read aloud the book Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg.
As we read, we created an anchor chart. We paused throughout the story to record our current thinking.
Next, we read Mirette on the High Wire. This constituted the guided practice portion of the lesson.
Then, for independent practice, students read the short story "The Hoot and Holler Hat Dance." This is a folktale in which a spider learns not to be greedy. It is a funny story that the kids really enjoyed. A copy of the story can be found at www.infohio.org.
Students completed the synthesizing graphic organizer for this story independently. I was very pleased with their progress. Here is an example of one student's work.