Lesson Plan #:AELP-RDG002
Submitted by: Sue Buonanno
School/University/Affiliation: St. Joseph College
Endorsed by: Regina Chatel, PhD., St. Joseph College, West Hartford, CT. Date: November 2, 1998
Grade Level(s): 2
- Language Arts/Reading
Overview: This is a lesson designed to utilize a reading comprehension strategy during language arts. Description: This lesson plan engages students in developing schemes for experiencing unfamiliar situations. This experience then serves as a means of facilitating their reading comprehension.
Goals: Develop schematic strategies to facilitate reading comprehension.
- The student will demonstrate the story schema activation strategy by identifying a personal experience that is similar to the main events in the story My First American Friend.
- The student will demonstrate the story schema activation strategy by predicting answers to questions about the main events in the story My First American Friend.
- Poster displaying pictures of three events of the story – photo copied from the book
- Paper written in Chinese – obtained from SINANET.com – The Homepage for Global Chinese
- Copies of the story, My First American Friend by Sarunna Jin from the Houghton Mifflin anthology, Silly Things Happen
- Questions about the main events
- Background picture – Sarunna is looking out of an airplane at the Statue of Liberty.
- Event #1. Sarunna had no friends because she couldn’t speak English.
- Event #2. Ali makes friends with her even though Sarunna speaks only a little English.
- Event #3. Sarunna’s friend moves away at the end of the school year.
b) Students answer: Sarunna is moving to the United States.
- Event#1. Have you ever had to speak with someone who spoke a different language from yours? What types of challenges did you face?
- Event#2. Did you ever make friends with someone without talking?
- Event#3. How did you feel when you had a special friend move away?
- Event #1. Would Sarunna face these types of challenges? What are they?
- Event #2. How could she make friends without talking?
- Event #3. Why do you think that Sarunna will always remember her friend?