How are we better together?
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Lesson seeds are ideas that can be used to build a lesson aligned to the CCSS. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction. When developing lessons from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment will inform a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
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The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy
Text Complexity Considerations:
Quantitative Measure (Readability measures and other scores of text complexity): Lexile: AD820L
Qualitative Measure (Levels of meaning, structure, language conventionality and clarity, and knowledge demands): Students who have watched cartoons with superheroes will find this tale of seven brothers who use their supernatural powers to save workers and one another from an evil emperor familiar. Carefully planned questions and discussion are needed to help students uncover the reason that the brothers are able to thwart the emperor's plan. Each is able to stand in for a brother without being found out because they look exactly alike! Students may need incidental explanation of unique story elements: a Chinese emperor, the Great Wall of China, some Chinese exclamations.
Reader and Task Considerations (Reader variables (such as motivation, knowledge, and experiences) and task variables (such as purpose and the complexity generated by the task assigned and the questions posed): Although this text far exceeds the readability of first grade students, students will be captivated by the seven brothers' supernatural powers which are used for good purposes. Read aloud, this folktale will motivate students to discuss this clever plot and explore the concept of teamwork as it applies to family members who stick together.
Tell students that you will read a folktale about seven brothers who work together to trick a mean emperor. Direct students to pay close attention to story details and illustrations to find out how the brothers are able to trick the emperor. Engage in an interactive read aloud. Use any or all of these text-dependent questions to engage students in a cooperative discussion with a partner or with the students in their groups.
Have students work in teams of eight (seven brothers and one emperor) to act out the story illustrating how the brothers were able to change places and use their supernatural powers to defeat the emperor because they looked and talked alike.
**Prepare for small group/guided reading instruction by selecting appropriate text and materials. Make connections to the concept of Teamwork wherever possible.
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