LESSON 5A: Write a Class Book
Using the book, Trouble with Trolls, do a “picture walk” with the book and students retell the story. Students write a class book using illustrations from the book, Trouble with Trolls.
GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS
R2C: Uses details from text to identify story elements (main characters and problems).
R1H: Develop and demonstrate with assistance, post-reading skill after reading or read-alouds to respond to text: questions to clarify, retell, illustrate, and re-enact stories.
LS1A: Listen for enjoyment, for information, and for simple directions, with teacher assistance.
§ Source of Literature
o Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett
o A copy of the book, Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett
o Drawing paper
§ 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 responded to the text by answering questions and/or identify text elements. 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 and gain attention of students by using a class signal.
2. Do a picture walk with the book, Trouble with Trolls. Students retell the story.
What happen in the story?
Who are the characters?
What was the problem?
How was it solved?
3. Tell students you found something else about the book. Read the introduction on the front cover of the book. If your copy doesn’t have the introduction on the front cover, go to step four. (On Jan Brett’s website she also explains that at the end of Trouble with Trolls she felt sorry for the trolls since they didn’t have a pet so she gave the trolls a hedgehog for a pet.)
4. Look at the pictures at the bottom of each page.
What are the trolls doing?
What is the hedgehog doing?
5. Students make up a story using the pictures on the bottom on the page. Write one sentence on each sheet of drawing paper as students dictate. Students may later illustrate and make a class book.
Students find Dot in the book. She is the ladybug in the hedgehog’s den. Jan Brett asks readers to e-mail her where Dot is hiding. Have the class find Dot and e-mail Jan Brett.