Lesson Plan

ReadyGen Lesson 12 Unit 1 Grade 5

Using Audio Technology for a read aloud/BYOD
Ryann G.
Special education instructor
P.S. 129 John H Finley
New York, United States
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My Grades 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Lesson 12  Objective

  • Compare and contrast two or more characters, drawing on specific details in the text.
  • Use BYOD to read an exerpt from Shells by Cynthia Rylant in the ReadyGen Text Collection
  • Use BYOD and Socrative to closely read and answer questions about the two characters
English Language Arts
Grades 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Engage students

Activity: Reading

Introduce the short story “Shells” from the book
Every Living Thing to students. Explain that Every Living Thing is a collection of short stories of realistic fiction. “Shells” is one of the stories from this collection. Have students turn to p. 4 and examine the
illustration above the title. Then remind students about the Essential Questions: How do characters’ responses and reactions affect the text? How do writers use dialogue and details to develop characters and
their experiences? Explain to students that as they read the story, they will look for specific techniques the writer uses to help readers better understand the characters, their experiences, and their responses to situations.

Audio Boom (not on graphite and link above not working may need to copy and paste)



Student Instructions

Read together pp. 4–6 and the first three paragraphs on p. 7. Then have students reread the text silently on their
own using the audio boom recording for ELL's or those that want it.  Read together pp. 4–6 and the first three paragraphs on p. 7. Then have students reread the text silently on their own. In this first reading, students should focus on understanding the “gist” of the text, or who the characters are and what is happening. After reading, discuss the questions below.In this first reading, students should focus on understanding the “gist” of the text, or who the characters are and what is happening. After reading, discuss the questions below:

• Does Michael refuse to be happy at Aunt Esther’s?
• Does Aunt Esther do enough to make Michael happy?
• What questions do you have?


2 Close Reading

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During close rereading, post the following questions in Socrative; have students focus on the details in the text that reveal information about the two characters and how they interact. Use the following questions to lead the discussion. (Students use BYOD or class computers to log in)

Who are the characters in the story? (Michael and Aunt Esther)
Key Ideas and Details
• By-the-Way Words What do you think the word condominium
means? (It is a building or place where people live.) Who do you think
the residents of a particular area are? (They are the people that live in
a certain area.)
• What do you know about each character so far? Briefly summarize
what you have learned about them. (Michael is living with his aunt
because his parents died. He dislikes living with her and even feels
hatred toward her because she is so different from his parents.
Aunt Esther has taken Michael in to live with her. She is older, lives
alone in a wealthy city neighborhood, and is a fearful person. She
doesn’t understand Michael and is having difficulty dealing with his
unhappiness.) Key Ideas and Details
• How do the two characters interact? What words and details from the
text give you key information about their relationship? (The characters
do not get along. They yell at each other. Aunt Esther tells Michael
“You just refuse to be happy here. And you punish me every day for it.”
Michael tells his aunt, “I don’t care about you!”) Craft and Structure
• By-the-Way Words Reread this sentence from the text: “He still
smelled his father’s Old Spice somewhere, his mother’s talc.” What do
you think talc means in this sentence? (Talc might be a kind of perfume,
or maybe another kind of beauty product that Michael’s mother used.
It has a smell that Michael still remembers.)

• How are Aunt Esther’s and Michael’s feelings about their
situation similar? (Both Aunt Esther and Michael are unhappy
about living together.)
• How are the two characters’ feelings different? (Aunt Esther
is frustrated because she cannot make Michael happy in his
new home. She feels that he is punishing her. Michael is angry
because he hates his living situation. He feels hatred for his
• What do these feelings suggest about each character’s
experiences? (Aunt Esther was used to living alone, and she
does not know how to deal with living with another person.
Michael was used to living with his parents, and he is having
trouble adjusting to his new life with his aunt.)


Student Instructions

In pairs with BYOD log into the Socrative quiz for the close reading section.  The questions focus on the details in the text that reveal information about the two characters and how they interact.

We will review all groups answers in 20 minutes and discuss the responses that you think are best supported with text evidence and why.  Do not spend more than 4 min. on any one question.  Finish questions 1- 5, extra questions are for those that finish early.

3 Student Discussion

Download group responses to close reading from Socrative, print and/or display on Smart board.  Engage students in discussion allowing them to take over.  Remind students of discussion routines for effective conversation.  

Student Instructions

Determine which responses have the best text evidence, state your opinion and why.