In the classroom/library:
Mr. Hillman and Mr. Christopher
GRADE LEVEL: 2nd
SUBJECT: Reading, Social Studies (geography)
OVERVIEW: In this lesson, students will recall the various elements
of a read-aloud story that is read to them and relate and describe those
elements in sequence. They will identify desert characteristics, plant
life and terrain.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with
the elements of story in such a way as to prepare them to recognize
them again with any future literary experience, and to appreciate and
understand the desert environment in which they live.
Students will be able to:
1. Identify the elements of literature.
2. Recall the sequence of events that occur.
3. Express, orally, his or he own notions regarding characters or situations.
4. Identify the characteristics of the Southwest Desert.
Strand 2: Comprehending Literary Text
Concept 1: Elements of Literature
Identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the structures and elements
of literature. (R02-S2C1)
PO 1. Describe literary elements of text including characters, plot
(specific events, problem and solution), and setting.
PO 2. Describe characters (e.g., traits, roles, similarities) within
a literary selection.
PO 3. Sequence a series of events in a literary selection.
Standard 3: Geography
Identify natural and human characteristics of places and how people
interact with and modify their environment, with emphasis on: (SS3-F2)
PO 3. the relationship between the physical features and the location
of human activities
Student will express orally his or her own thinking and ideas by describing
a person, object, or situation in some detail. (ELL-II-listening and
Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Will Terry
The Little Red Hen, retold by Brenda Parks and Judith Smith
National Geographic Earth History Pictures
T-chart: Story/ sequence chart.
T-chart poster board
Talk about the desert environment, its plant life, and its characteristics,
and anticipate discovering these things within the story.
At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. use effective vocabulary and logical organization to relate or summarize
ideas, events and other information (LS-F1), (ELL II)
2. express orally his or her own thinking and ideas by describing a
person, object, or situation in some detail
3. retell personal experience in logical sequence (LS-R1)
4. follow directions (LS-R2)
5. identify desert terrain and land characteristics, plant life, resources,
and specific modifications to human dwellings.
Read the Little Red Hen. Have the students recall the sequence of characters
to prepare them for the variant, Armadilly Chili. Lead a discussion
about the various types of deserts using the natural history book pictures.
Fill out the first portion of the story chart. Read Armadilly Chili.
Demonstrate how to fill out the second portion of the story chart: sequencing,
theme, text-to-self. Give an example of text-to-self for reinforcement.
Check for Understanding
What will you do first? Work independently to fill out the chart.
Circulate among the students as they fill out their charts and answer
Independent Practice - Homework
Talk to your parents about what you have learned regarding the desert.
Assessment: Review the children's t-charts. Go over the sequence and
characters. Share theme ideas.
Bridge: Do you think you can remember the sequence of a story next time
you read one? Why is it important to remember the order of events? Does
it help you remember the plot and characters?
Select less sophisticated texts or multiple language texts for the
students less proficient with language-pair with a bilingual student.
Repeat this process with other texts, including short stories, informational
and other. Read longer, more detailed stories.