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Paired Text Questions: "How to Draw a Map" and The Dot

Lesson Plan

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Learning Goal
Integrate information from the non-fiction passage “How to Draw a Map” and the book The Dot to write or speak about drawing more knowledgably.
Necessary Materials
Provided:
  1. Questions
  2. Non-fiction reading passage “How to Draw a Map”

Not Provided:
The Dot
 
  • Questions 1 and 2 refer to the non-fiction passage “How to Draw a Map.” Questions 3 and 4 refer to the book The Dot. Questions 5 and 6 refer to both the passage and the book.
  • Student versions of the questions are in the 'Texts & Materials' tab.
 
Part 1: "How to Draw a Map"
 
Read the passage “How to Draw a Map” out loud to your students. Alternatively, students can read the passage independently or as a group.
 
Question 1: What is a shape, mark, or picture someone might draw on a map of a classroom? Your answer should come from the passage.
 
Sample student answer: Students may name any shape, mark, or picture mentioned in the passage. Examples include squares, rectangles, a desk, and an X.
 
Question 2: Is drawing a map of a classroom something any student can do? Support your answer with information from the passage.
 
Sample student answer: Responses may vary, as long as they are supported by the passage. For example, students may respond that drawing a map is not something any student can do. New students who do not know where things in the classroom are would not be able to draw a map of the classroom.
 
Part 2: The Dot
 
Question 3: What is a shape, mark, or picture drawn by a character in this book?
 
Sample student answer: Students may name any shape, mark, or picture mentioned in the book. Examples include a dot and a squiggly line.
 
Question 4: Is drawing difficult for the characters in this book? Explain why or why not. Support your answer with information from the book.
 
Sample student answer: Responses may vary, as long as they are supported by the book. For example, students may respond that drawing is difficult for the characters in the book. Vashti and the boy at the art show do not think they can draw, so actually trying it is a big effort for them. Conversely, students may respond that drawing is not difficult for the characters in the book. All Vashti has to do is poke a piece of paper with a marker, and all the boy at the art show has to do is draw a line with a pencil.
 
Part 3: "How to Draw a Map" and The Dot
 
Question 5: What is one way that the drawing described in the passage and the drawing described in the book are alike?
 
Sample student answer: Any response with a basis in the passage and the book is acceptable. Students may note that in both the passage and the book, pencils are used as drawing instruments, lines are made on sheets of paper, the people doing the drawing are students, and so on.
 
Question 6: Can anyone draw? Why or why not? Support your answer with information from the passage, the book, or both the passage and the book.
 
Sample student answer: Any answer with a basis in the passage and/or the book is acceptable. Students may respond that anyone can draw because anyone is capable of making a mark on a piece of paper, just like Vashti. On the other hand, students may note that some people cannot draw certain things. As the passage makes evident, new students would not be able to draw a map of their classroom because they do not know where things in the classroom are.

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User Comments

Incredible book! Excellent to use as a "Can it" strategy as well. Never say, I can't!..