Unit of Work: Making Connections and Retelling

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to make connections between the text and their own experiences, as well as retell the main events of a story.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Making Connections (45 minutes) - Begin the lesson by discussing the importance of making connections while reading. - Introduce the three types of connections: text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world. - Model making connections by reading a short passage and sharing personal connections. - Provide students with a worksheet to practice making connections independently. - Allocate 15 minutes for whole-class discussion and sharing of connections.

Lesson 2: Making Connections in Small Groups (60 minutes) - Divide the class into small groups of 4-5 students. - Assign each group a different text (e.g., picture book, short story, article). - In their groups, students will read the assigned text and discuss the connections they make. - Provide each group with a graphic organizer to record their connections. - Allocate 20 minutes for reading and making connections, and 20 minutes for group discussions and completing the graphic organizer. - Rotate the groups after 30 minutes to ensure all students have the opportunity to read and make connections with different texts.

Lesson 3: Retelling the Main Events (45 minutes) - Review the concept of retelling and its importance in understanding a story. - Model retelling a familiar story, emphasizing the main events. - Provide students with a graphic organizer to help them retell the main events of a story. - Allocate 20 minutes for independent reading and retelling, and 15 minutes for whole-class sharing of retellings.

Lesson 4: Retelling in Small Groups (60 minutes) - Divide the class into small groups, using the same groups as in Lesson 2. - Assign each group a different text (can be the same texts as in Lesson 2 or different ones). - In their groups, students will read the assigned text and retell the main events to their group members. - Provide each group with a graphic organizer to record their retellings. - Allocate 20 minutes for reading and retelling, and 20 minutes for group discussions and completing the graphic organizer. - Rotate the groups after 30 minutes to ensure all students have the opportunity to read and retell different texts.

Lesson 5: Culminating Activity (45 minutes) - Have students choose a text of their choice and work independently to make connections and retell the main events. - Provide a variety of graphic organizers for students to choose from. - Allocate 30 minutes for independent work and 15 minutes for students to share their connections and retellings with the class.

Group Rotation Roster: Lesson 2: Group 1: Text A Group 2: Text B Group 3: Text C Group 4: Text D

Lesson 4: Group 1: Text B Group 2: Text C Group 3: Text D Group 4: Text A

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