Lessons & Units :: Ming Lo Moves the Mountain 1st Grade Unit

Paired Text Questions: "Our New Old House" and Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

Lesson Plan

Ming Lo Moves the Mountain | 600L

Ming Lo Moves the Mountain
Learning Goal
Integrate information from the fiction reading passage "Our New Old House" and the fiction text Ming Lo Moves the Mountain to compare and contrast the responses of characters to their surroundings.
Duration
Approximately 15 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided:
  1. Questions
  2. Fiction reading passage "Our New Old House"

Not Provided:
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain
 
  • Questions 1 and 2 refer to the passage "Our New Old House." Questions 3 and 4 refer to the book Ming Lo Moves the Mountain. Questions 5-8 refer to both the passage and the book.
  • Student versions of the questions are in the 'Texts & Materials' tab.
 
Part 1: "Our New Old House"
 
Read the passage "Our Old New House" out loud to your students. Alternatively, students can read the passage independently or as a group.
 
Question 1: What is the first thought Ramon has about the house where he lives?
 
Sample student answer: Ramon’s first thought is that he hates the house where he lives.
 
Question 2: Why does Ramon have this thought? Support your answer with one or more details from the passage.
 
Sample student answer (may vary): Ramon has this thought because he hates storms, and the house makes the storm outside seem even worse than usual.
 

Part 2: Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

 
Question 3: At the beginning of the story, Ming Lo and his wife love their house. What do they not love about where they live?
 
Sample student answer: They do not love the mountain next to them.
 
Question 4: Why do Ming Lo and his wife feel the way they do about the mountain? Support your answer with one or more details from the book.
 
Sample student answer (may vary but should be rooted in the text):
  • Ming Lo and his wife do not love the mountain because of the rocks and stones that fall from it onto their house.
  • Ming Lo and his wife do not love the mountain because of the shadow it makes.
 

Part 3: "Our New Old House" and Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

 
Question 5: Think about the beginning of both the passage and the book. How is the way Ramon feels about where he lives similar to, or the same as, the way Ming Lo and his wife feel about where they live?
 
Sample student answer: They all dislike something about where they live. Ramon hates the house where he lives. Ming Lo and his wife love their house, but they do not like the place where it is.
 
Question 6: By the end of each story, the characters feel better about where they live. Why does Ramon feel better about where he lives at the end of the story?
 
Sample student answer (may vary but make sure the first response is given before moving on):
  • Ramon feels better because the sun is shining, and the rain has stopped.
  • Ramon feels better because the place where he lives seems nicer in the daylight.
 
Question 7: Why do Ming Lo and his wife feel better about where they live at the end of the story?
 
Sample student answer (may vary but make sure the first response is given before moving on):
  • Ming Lo and his wife feel better because they are living under a warm sun, and the rain does not bother them anymore.
  • Ming Lo and his wife feel better because the mountain is far away from them.
 
Question 8: What is one thing that makes both Ramon and Ming Lo and his wife feel better about where they live at the end of each story?
 
Sample student answer: Nice weather makes all the characters feel better about where they live.

Texts & Materials

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