Identifying Theme

Begin by explaining to students that the theme of a story is the underlying message or “big idea” the writer wants to communicate to their

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Writing a Book Review

Invite students to read a small variety of 3-4 book reviews and collaboratively create an anchor chart of the features that make an effective review.

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Reflecting to Reading

Provide opportunities for students to reflect on their reading in a variety of ways, including: Talking Writing Drawing Creating models Dramatizing This activity can be

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Responding to Reading

Invite students to record their reactions and responses during reading by using a Double Entry Journal.  These journals can later become the basis of student-led

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