How to Teach Reading Lesson Plans: Demonstrates an awareness of books, print, and reading process.

1) Recognizes parts of a story
Use “4w’s + h” to answer questions: “Who”—characters in the story; “What”—plot—what happened in the story?; What was the problem?; “Where”—setting—where did the story take place?; “Why” – cause/effect relationships; “How “— was the problem resolved?
Provide opportunities to create a mural or diorama of favorite scenes of a story in correct sequence. (Draw, color, paint, cut / tear paper, or use a combination of these.)
Ask students to describe the main characters of a story. Ask questions such as, “What would it be like if this character lived on your street or in your community?” “Would he or she enjoy coming to school?” “What would be his or her favorite school activities or subjects to learn about?”
Ask students to act out the beginning events of the story. Another group may act out the main event that occurs in the middle of the story. A third group may act out the ending of the story. Props, masks, or costumes may be used.

2) Uses table of contents and glossary
Have students use the table of contents to find page numbers when reading. (Students will be given time daily to choose material and read.)
Guide students to examine the table of contents of a book and describe its function. Then, listen to a musical overture of an opera, symphony, or musical play or movie and describe its function. (The overture introduces the melodies and musical themes that will be heard in the opera, symphony, or musical play or movie.) Compare the similarities of the two. List other items that have a similar function (e.g., an architectural draft, blue print, floor plan, design plan or composition for a painting, sculpture, etc.).

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