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1 By: Jacqueline Woodson
Locomotion By: Jacqueline Woodson Presented by: Joan Rauscher, Ryan Roberts-Walstrom, Prema Shanley Recommended Grade Level: 5

2 Watch The Power of Words and
Written or spoken, words are continuously propelling us through life. They lift us up, drag us down, wound us deeply or heal our hearts. Words have the power to build our confidence. Watch The Power of Words and think about how the quote above connects to the video. As you begin reading Locomotion, notice how the power of words helps the main character, Lonnie, convey different character traits throughout the novel.

3 Materials Locomotion, by Jacqueline Woodson Thesaurus
Materials Locomotion, by Jacqueline Woodson Thesaurus Computer with Internet Access Pencil/Paper Post-Its Print the following Materials: Character Trait Connections Organizer

4 Before Reading In your journal, create two-column notes as shown above. Using a thesaurus, list ten strong adjectives that describe you. Give examples as evidence to support these adjectives.

5 During Reading Group A Characters:
During Reading While reading, use Post Its to mark character traits and evidence of these traits for your assigned characters. Be prepared to share the character traits/evidence with your group members after completing the book. Group A Characters: Lonnie and Lily Group B Characters: Ms. Marcus and Miss Edna

6 During Reading As a group, post your findings at Locomotion Character Traits Blog Make sure to include the character, the character trait, the evidence and the page number. The purpose of this is to share your findings so you can build personal connections to characters that you didn’t study.

7 After Reading On your own, go back and re-read the class blog. If any of these character traits describe you, go back and add them to your two column notes. Using your two column notes, match two character traits from Locomotion to two personal character traits, making a text-to-self connection. Record your information on the Character Trait Connections Organizer

8 Imitate Lonnie’s poetic style.
Choose one of the character traits from your Character Trait Organizer. Incorporate the evidence from Locomotion and your own life to create a poem showing the connection. Pay attention to spacing and line breaks. Give your poem a title. Illustrate your poem, using colors to show the mood your poem portrays. Go to the Poetry Website to learn more about different kinds of poetry and see examples. Beyond Reading

9 Rubric Student Tasks 3 2 1 Self Teacher Background Activities
I previewed all 3 websites and wrote at least 3 notes in my journal for both sites in order to gain a complete understanding of the topic that we read about. I previewed 2 websites and wrote at least 2 notes in my journal for both sites in order to gain an adequate understanding of the topic that we read about. I only previewed 1 website which gave me little understanding of the topic that we read about. Before Reading I wrote 8-10 character traits and 8-10 meaningful examples of supporting evidence. I wrote 5-7 character traits and 5-7 meaningful examples of supporting evidence. I wrote less than 5 character traits and less than 5 meaningful examples of supporting evidence. During Independent Reading I used at least 10 Post Its to mark character traits and supporting evidence. I used 6-9 Post Its to mark character traits and supporting evidence. I used less than 5 Post Its to mark character traits and supporting evidence. During Reading Group Blog Activity Our group posted 5 strong character traits and matching evidence for designated characters. Our group posted 3-4 strong character traits and matching evidence for designated characters. Our group posted less than 2 strong character traits and matching evidence for designated characters. After Reading I was able to make two meaningful text-to-self connections to two character traits with strong supporting evidence. I was able to make two meaningful text-to-self connections to two character traits with supporting evidence. I was able to make two meaningful text-to-self connections to two character traits with weak supporting evidence. Beyond Reading I used poetry to creatively express my text-to-self-connections using strong evidence from the book and my own life and included an illustration that extends the meaning of my poem. I used poetry to express my text-to-self-connections using some evidence from the book and my own life and included an illustration that matches the words. I expressed my text-to-self-connections using little or no evidence from the book and my own life and included an illustration that does not match my poem. Total Excellent: 16-18 Satisfactory: 13-15 Unsatisfactory: 12 or less

10 Credits The Power of Words http://hubpages.com/hub/Power-Of-Your-Words
Jacqueline Woodson Websites The Power of Words Video Imitating Lonnie’s Poetic Style Examples of Poetry Character Trait Resources becomecharac.pdf Graphics ?devt=D68HUNXKLHS4J%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2#reader_

11 Teacher’s Page Complete the Power of Words and the Before Reading activities prior to having the students read the book. For the Before Reading activity, provide a hand-out of the two column chart to differentiate for students who might struggle with creating their own. Modify the number of character traits as needed. For the During Reading activity, divide the class into two groups at your own discretion. You will need to set up a Blog Website for students to post about their characters. You can use Blogger.com or Wordpress.com. Before students complete the Beyond Reading activity, you may want to share some examples of Free Verse Poetry. This would be a good time to do any additional lessons on poetry. We suggest Poetry Matters by Ralph Fletcher as a guide. Peace, Locomotion is the sequel to Locomotion. This book can be used to extend the activities and discussions from this Cyberlesson.


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