Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Trophies lessons

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man By David Adler is in the 4th grade Trophies anthology. I like this lesson to teach summarizing. I have the kids do a timeline of Lou's life using the dates in the story. You can see from the poster that we picked eleven important dates and put them in the order in which they happened (using a sticker for each one.) Next they write the events in paragraph form. It is important to talk about what is missing. I ask them, "Can you think of any other IMPORTANT details that would need to be in the summary that were not on the timeline?" I have them search out three or four other important details and write them on stickies. (determining importance reading strategy). Christine

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