Unit 1 Week 1

Stories we will read in class this week are (and can also be found on the Wonders website): ““Bruno’s New Home”and “Wolf!”.

Essential Question: What can stories teach you?

Comprehension Strategy: Visualize – When we read a fantasy, we may come across colorful words and descriptions. We can use these words to visualize, or form pictures, in our minds.

  • Good readers visualize descriptive scenes in a story.
  • When we encounter descriptive words, we should think about what we already know about the setting or the problem.
  • We can close our eyes and try to see a picture.

Good readers change details in our visualizations as we get more information from the story.

Comprehension Skill: Character – A character’s actions and feelings contribute to the sequence of events in a story. A character’s traits are the special ways a character behaves throughout a story.

  • To identify how a character’s actions contribute to the sequence of events, we should identify what the character wants or needs and how the character feels.
  • We should then identify the character’s actions that happen as a result of these needs and feelings as well as the character’s traits.

Genre: Fantasy – The following are key characteristics of fantasy:

  • A fantasy has characters, settings, or events that do not exist in real life, such as talking animals.
  • A fantasy includes illustrations that contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.
  • A fantasy often includes a central message or lesson that is conveyed through key details in the text.

Vocabulary Strategy: Synonyms – A synonym is a word that means the same as another word. We can often figure out the meaning of an unknown word by using context clues within the sentence. Sometimes the author will use synonyms as context clues.

  • To find synonyms, we can look for words that are in the same sentence as the unfamiliar word. These words have almost the same meaning as the unfamiliar word.

Grammar: Sentences and Sentence Fragments

  • sentence shows a complete thought. Every sentence begins with a capital letter:
        Those are his notebooks.
  • sentence fragment is a group of words that does not show a complete thought:

blue notebooks in desk

  • Most sentences end in a period, which is sometimes called the end punctuation:
    Rachel went to the zoo.