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With this New York Times "Learning Network" exercise, high schoolers read an article about the death of Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are and then respond to several prompts that require them to shape their own opinions and express them in short answers. Prompts for this resource require high-level critical thinking and provide an opportunity for crafting well-supported opinions based on informational text.
Sixth graders read Katherine Paterson's novel, Bridge to Terabithia, and watch a video of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are. They examine the characters in both stories that share similar characteristics. Students use the labels "static" and "dynamic" when considering the characters from the stories.
In an engaging anticipatory set, the teacher uses several different strategies to activate prior knowledge about reading with expression, including using sentence strips (that must be prepped ahead of time) to show different moods. The class identifies different emotions conveyed as the teacher reads Where the Wild Things Are. In pairs, they then record themselves reading a book with and without expression, which the teacher also uses for assessment.
Students examine the beginning, middle, and end of a familiar story. For this literacy lesson, students listen to a song while identifying the beginning, middle, and end. They listen to Maurice Sendek's, Where the Wild Things Are, while identifying the beginning; they are introduced to the middle, and discuss the end. They review the three parts of the story.
First graders create an imaginary creature inspired by Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. They design a thoughtful landscape in which their creature exists and then complete a composition of various art media including crayons, markers, oil pastels, and watercolors.
Students use the cross check strategy to increase reading comprehension in this lesson. They listen as the teacher reads "Where the Wild Things Are." The teacher purposely reads some words wrong so that the story does not make sense. The students identify the incorrect words and correct them using cross-checking.