2Discovering Your Vehicle of Stewardship Big Understanding: Students will become active, thoughtful readers by knowing how and when to visualize and create rich sensory images as they read, and to maintain this imagery as they read on in a text selection.
12Visualize the Characters When you are reading it is important to imagine what the characters look like and how they would act.Ask yourself, "If a movie was being made of this book, what actor would play the main character?"
13Turn and TalkWhat actor should play the main character of your book in the movie version?
19Using Our SensesYou can use your senses when reading a poem to help you paint a picture.Ask yourself, "What would you see, feel, smell, hear, taste if you were in the poem?"
20"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert FrostMy little horse must think it queerTo stop without a farmhouse nearBetween the woods and frozen lakeThe darkest evening of the year.
21Turn and TalkWhy should you use your senses when reading?
22KBAD think about the influence of a poet's experience and setting. Day 6
23Poet's ExperienceA poet's experience (where they grew up, places they visited) can influence their writing.If someone grew up in the forest their writing might be different than someone who grew up near the ocean.
24Turn and TalkHow might a poet's experience influence their writing?
25KBAD find examples of figurative language in a text. Day 7
26Figurative LanguageFigurative language is a way to describe something plain and simple in a beautiful way.Types of figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification
27"Life Doesn't Frighten Me" By: Maya AngelouShadows on the wallNoises down the hailLife doesn’t frighten me at allBad dogs barking loudBig ghosts in a cloudLife doesn’t frighten me at all.
28Turn and TalkWhy does a poet use figurative language in their writing?
29KBAD examine an author's purpose when writing poetry. Day 8
30Author's PurposeJust like the author of a chapter book or feature article, a poet writes with a purposeThey might want to entertain, teach a lesson, or share a message.
31"Life Doesn't Frighten Me" By: Maya AngelouMean old Mother GooseLions on the looseThey don’t frighten me at allDragons breathing flameOn my counterpaneThat doesn’t frighten me at all.
34Identify Theme Just like a chapter book, a poem has a theme. You want to think about the big idea or message that repeats itself in the poem.
35"Give me the Splendid, Silent Sun" Walt WhitmanGive me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full- dazzling; Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard; Give me a field where the unmow’d grass grows
36Identify Different Themes Conservation/ preservation (Selective Logging)Restoration (Water Quality)SurvivalMan v. wildActivismBeing a change agentTypes of energyToxins/chemicalsAir QualityWater QualityRecyclingHazardous WasteGood v. EvilHistory of LawFriendships with animalsCooperationSeeing other’s point of viewTragedy/ Overcoming devastationRebuildingHopeCommitmentGoing against the norm
37Turn and TalkHow would you describe the term "theme" to a fourth grader?
38KBAD compare and contrast using graphic organizers. Day 10
39Compare and ContrastWhen we read two poems we can compare their similarities and contrast their differences.A graphic organizer like a Venn diagram is a great way to compare and contrast two things.
43SymbolismSymbols referring to evil: fire, flames, hot temperatures and heatSymbols referring to death or endings: Gravestones, cemeteries, skulls, candle blowing out, coffins, ringing of the bell, cross bonesSymbols referring to starting over: rain, rainbows, passing storms, dawn, sunriseSymbols referring to love: apple, cupid, harp, heart, shellSymbols referring to knowledge: book, candle
44Turn and TalkWhy might a poet use symbols in their writing?
45KBAD read poetry with fluency and expression. Day 12
46Reading Poetry A poem is read very differently than a book. When you read a poem you read with a beat, you follow a pattern, and you pause in special places.
47Turn and TalkHow is reading a poem different from reading a chapter book?