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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Exploring Text Features

Invite students to explore text features by revisiting examples (font, color, labels, illustrations, titles, headings, etc.) in the story and asking questions such as: “How

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Exploring Vocabulary

Invite students to explore vocabulary through context clues by revisiting words from the story and asking, “Can you tell me what this word means? How

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Elder Presentation

Each class can read and discuss the text separately and then collaborate virtually to generate questions they would like to ask the Elder. One participating

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Reflecting on Learning

After reading, invite students to reflect on their learning: Encourage students to identify how the text confirmed, challenged, and extended their thinking with prompts such

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Inspiring Action

After reading, discuss with students that an author often writes a book with a specific theme or message to inspire us to take action. This

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