Read-Aloud Lesson: Lon Po Po
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China | 670L
- Learning Goal
- Compare the actions and motivations of the wolf with the actions and motivation of the girl named Shang in order to analyze the theme of Lon Po Po.
- Part 1: Approximately 40-45 minutesPart 2: Approximately 15-20 minutesPart 3: Approximately 15-20 minutes
- Necessary Materials
1. Detailed lesson plan
2. Graphic organizer for guided practice
3. Independent student worksheet
Lon Po Po
This lesson is a close reading of the entire text. So it’s important to engage students often, to enhance their learning. Here are two tips:
- When you ask the more complex questions from the lesson, ask students to “turn-and-talk” or “buddy-talk” before answering.
Once you are deep into the lesson, instead of asking students every question provided, ask them to share with you what questions they should be asking themselves at that point in the text. This is also a great opportunity to use "turn-and-talk."
- Suggested teacher language is included in the lesson.
- We recommend you read the book once to your students, either the day or morning before teaching the lesson.
- This research-based, read-aloud lesson may seem long. Why do students need the lesson to be this way?
Part 1: Teacher Modeling & Questioning
Write the following student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will explain why the wolf did what he did and why Shang did what she did in order to understand a message of the story.
- Show the cover of the book to the class, ensuring that every child can see it well.
- Ask the class what is on the cover. Answers can vary. There is no need to correct student responses or to conclude that it is a wolf. They will find out soon enough when you read them the story.
- Ask the class whether the animal on the cover looks friendly or mean. All answers are fine; there is no need to correct anyone.
Guided Practice & Discussion
- The wolf was clever or smart.
- The wolf was evil.
- The wolf could not control his desire to eat the children.
- The wolf was a liar.
- The wolf was hungry.
- The wolf liked to eat kids.
- The wolf only cared about himself.
Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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