Read-Aloud Lesson: Owl Moon
Owl Moon | 630L
- Learning Goal
- Analyze the book’s descriptive language and sensory imagery in order to identify connections between the author’s language and story elements such as setting and character.
- Necessary Materials
- Detailed lesson plan
- Graphic organizer for guided practice
- Independent student worksheet
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 and Questioning
Write the following student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will listen closely to the words the author uses. We will also explain what those words tell us about where the story takes place and the characters in the story.
- There is no wind.
- The trees are still.
- The moon is bright.
- The sky seems to shine.
- There is a train whistle.
- There are dogs making noise, or barking.
Part 2: Guided Practice and Discussion
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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