Lesson Plan

Author's Purpose

Students will read focusing on the author's purpose.
Cynthia V.
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Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary School
Chesnee, SC
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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1 The Lesson~ Introduce Text

Build interest by asking students these questions: 

What do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Why was he such an important person?

*Students will use the Lino App to brainstorm

Page 2: Students will look at the photograph and read the chapter title and caption.

Suggested language: Although Coretta Scott King was born in 1927, the first chapter begins in 1963 at the time of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The text says the speech captured peoples’ hearts and minds. In what ways did the speech capture the hearts of people? Why do you think the author began the book with this subject?

Page 6: Direct students to the highlighted word segregation. The text says Coretta cared for her growing family but also marched alongside Dr. King in support of their shared ideas. Ask: Why did they march against segregation?

Page 8: The text says in 1959 Dr. King and Coretta traveled to honor the Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi who also believed in peace. Help students as necessary with the pronunciation of Mahatma Gandhi’s name (“Ma-HOT-ma Gone-dee”).

Pages 11: Have students look at the photograph and read the caption. Explain that the King Center is a place where people today continue to work for freedom and justice.

Now go back to the beginning of the biography and read to find out more about Coretta Scott King’s remarkable achievements.

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2 Set purpose for reading~Students read text

Activity: Reading

1)Author’s Purpose

2)Students will read silently while I listen to individual students read aloud.  Students will be reminded to use the Monitor/Clarify Strategy and to use text clues as they read.  Students will share details as they read that help them understand the dream shared by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

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3 Discuss and Revisit Text to support conversation using Chatterpix App

Activity: Assessing

Students will be invited to share their personal responses to the biography.

Questions for discussion:  What do you admire most about Coretta Scott King?  Based on the text, do you think she would have been a good friend?  A good teacher?  A good president?  Why or why not?

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4 Respond to Text

Activity: Assessing

Students will complete the activities at the back of the book, using their Reader’s Notebook. 

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5 CLOSURE: (related to the purpose)

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Students will write a response to the writing prompt on page 6.  They will be reminded that when they think beyond the text, they use their personal knowledge to reach new understandings.

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