LESSON 1A: The Mitten
Using the book, The Mitten, introduce the author study, focusing on Jan Brett. Locate and discuss that the author and illustrator of this book is the same person.
R1F: Develop and apply with assistance, pre-reading strategies to aid comprehension: access prior knowledge, preview text and pictures, and make general predictions.
R2A: Locate and apply information in title, pictures, and names of author and illustrator, with assistance.
LS1A: Listen for enjoyment, for information, for simple directions, with teacher assistance.
§ Source of Literature
o The Mitten by Jan Brett
§ Handouts provided
§ Words to know
Make mental notes to be recorded later of students’ participation during the activity. At the end of this lesson, record your observations of students who shared a prediction or shared an experience that made a connection to the book. Notes from this observation and others can be used to rate each student using the checklist at the end of this unit.
1. Gather in the read-aloud area gain attention of students by using a class signal.
2. Introduce the title of the book and read and point to the author/illustrator. Discussing the word adapted.
3. Discuss illustration on the cover and have student predict what the story is about.
What animals do you see?
What are the animals looking at in the picture?
What do you think is going to happen in this book?
4. Read the story. Model the directionality of the text while reading. Point under each word.
5. Discuss the story. Students share their experiences so they are making connections between text and self.
Have you ever lost a mitten?
What animals have you seen out in the snow?
Tell me your favorite part of the story.
If illustrations along the side of the page are notice by students, ask what they notice about the illustrations.
Read The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt and/or The Old Man’s Mitten: A Ukrainian Tale by Yevonne Pollock at a later time if the students seem interested. Graph student’s favorite version.