What makes a community?
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What Is a Community from A to Z? by Bobbie Kalman
Summary: This informational text follows an alphabetic organizational structure that highlights the basic concepts of community:
buildings, families, rules, and working together. As a culminating activity for this unit on communities, students will write and
publish an alphabet book about their community.
Revisit the essential question: What makes a community? Remind students this alphabet includes a great deal of information about communities and
that we will want to extract the main ideas and key details to answer the essential question. Create an alpha-box on chart paper to use for
note-taking. Use a document camera and have students closely attend to key details in the text, illustrations, and captions to What Is a Community? from A to Z.
Throughout the reading model and guide students to note key information on the alpha-box. Review notes to discuss engage in a collaborative discussion using
any or all of these text dependent questions.
Routine writing: Using details from the text and notes on the alpha-box, explain what makes a community.
**Prepare for small group/guided reading instruction by selecting appropriate text and materials. Make connections to the concept of Communities
Reading: Informational Text
Speaking & Listening