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Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact

Chapter 3: Activating and Building Background Knowledge

These links will take you to photos, information, extensions, and testimonials from classroom teachers and teacher-librarians who field tested the lessons from Chapter 3: Activating and Building Background Knowledge. At the end of each page, you will also find the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner that are addressed in each sample lesson.

Emerging Lesson

Teacher-Librarian Keisa Williams and Kinder-First Grade Classroom Teacher Melanie ElLaissi, Monarch Academy, Oakland, California
Advancing Lesson

Teacher-Librarian Melody Holehan-Kopas and Second-grade Classroom Teacher Kim Downey, Anthem School, Anthem, Arizona
Advanced Lesson
Teacher-Librarian Marilyn Teicher and Fifth-grade Classroom Teacher Massiel Garcia, P.S. 86, Bronx, New York

Internet Pathfinder: Tohono O'odham Nation This pathfinder is located in another section of the Web site. This pathfinder can also support an even deeper investigation into Tohono O'dham culture than is required for comprehending the choral reading of Sing Down the Rain.

Integrating the Similarities and Differences Strategy

These resources further the information in Chapter 3 related to integrating the similarities and differences research-based instructional strategy into reading comprehension lessons. Some of these graphic organizers were created for a lesson plan which appeared in School Library Media Activities Monthly.

Sample Category Matrix (pdf) This is a sample category matrix for a "Tricking the Trickster" text set. Note: Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, illustrated by Sam Sandoval (University of Nebraska Press, 2005) should only be used in the winter months, November through February.
Sample Notemaking for Category Matrix (Web page)

This Web page provides a sample of notemaking on the story elements found in the French Cinderella story.

Story Element Venn Diagram (pdf) This Venn diagram can be used for comparing story elements in two different stories. Readers must make accurate and comparable comparisons by giving unique details of the setting in Book A on line #1 and in Book B on line #1 and so on.
Story Element Comparison Rubric for Notemaking and Venn Diagram (pdf) This rubric can be adapted for use when small groups engage in notemaking and comparing story elements in two stories.

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