Lesson Plan

The Global Read Aloud Project

Students collaborate globally on the creation of a book review that analyzes how perspective influences change in relationships.
Emily S.
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Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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World Class Outcomes: 

Analyze how perspective is a catalyst for change

Analyze multiple relationships and their influence on change

Create meaning strategically in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Evaluate how authors are strategic in creating meaning with more elements and more complex text

Enduring Understanding: Perspective influences interpretation.

Essental Question: How are people transformed through their relationships with others?

English Language Arts
reading comprehension
text analysis
Grades 3 - 4
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1 Pre-Planning

Before sharing this project with students, begin by joining The Global Read Aloud, a free program that will help you connect with another classroom somewhere else in the world:  http://www.globalreadaloud.com/

Join the teacher edmodo group for the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, and find another classroom to collaborate with. 

Using Countdown for Teachers (a collaborative curriculum map/district pacing guide), include the The Global Read Aloud dates on your schedule and share it with your global classroom buddies' teacher. Collaboratively schedule dates for when you will connect during The Global Read Aloud project using this tool. You may want to set due dates for sharing your thinking about each chapter or set of chapters. You will also want to schedule dates and times for google hangouts.

2 Hook

Share the essential question and book trailer for the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (http://youtu.be/TCh1WiH11wQ), and describe the Global Read Aloud project to your students. 

Create a class movie using iMovie trailer to introduce your class to your global buddies. This can be used as a mini lesson on determining importance in order to keep the movie short and concise. It can also be used as an introduction to using iMovie.

Do a google hangout with your global buddies and share your iMovie trailer to introduce yourselves.

3 Direct Instruction

Over time, read aloud the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Think aloud for your students in the context of the essential question: How are people (or in this case, rabbits) transformed by their relationships with others? Use popplet to record your thinking. 

4 Guided Practice

Set up a blog dedicated to your thinking about the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. As a class, collaboratively write blog posts (through chapter 12) that explains your thinking in the context of the essential question, and share it with your global buddies. Include class inferences about the transformations you see in Edward throughout his journey, and include evidence to justify your thinking.

When your global buddies share their thinking in a blog post with you, as a class, analyze and discuss the similiarities and differences in their thinking as compared to yours. Did they see the same transformations in Edward that your class saw? Did they have similar justifications for their thinking? How much influence does culture have over perspective? Record their thinking on your class popplet in a different color.

5 Independent Practice

Add students as contributing authors to your blog about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Pair each student with a global partner. Beginning with chapter 13, have students independently write their own blog post to their global partner explaining their thinking in the context of the essential question. Continue to have class discussions about the perspective of your global buddies and record their thinking on the same class popplet.

6 Summative Project

In collaboration with their global partner, each pair of students will use the ideas written in their blog posts to create a unique book review of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane using technology. Groups can choose programs such as iMovie, VoiceThread, or Videolicious to create book reviews in the form of book trailers, movie critic reviews, or a talk show host interviewing an actor/actress. Global partnerships can collaborate and plan their book review project using a google doc.

When book review projects are finished, have a google hangout so partners can co-present their project to both classrooms simultaneously.

7 Wrap-up: Reflection

Google Drive
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After presentations of the book review projects are completed, each individual student will use the shared google doc used for planning with their global buddy to reflect on their project. Using the chrome add-on screencastify, students will do a screen recording reflection to provide an explanation of the innovation process with some clarity of the challenge.

8 Extension

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To extend this activity, have each global partnership choose a new book to read, discuss, and review in the context of the same essential question. You can use this thinglink resource (http://www.thinglink.com/scene/544902044897509376), which is a collaborative list of literature complied by 9 different teachers from around the world to support this essential question. Global partners can repeat the same process for discussion with a summative book review project.