Teach your students about picture walks as a strategy to understand the author's purpose in a fictional text. This lesson can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as support for the Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Text lesson.
Students will be able to recount parts of a fictional text.
Students will be able to recount parts of a fictional text by describing illustrations with key grade level words and phrases using sentence and paragraph frames for support.
Show the students the cover of the grade-appropriate fictional text. Ask the students, "Do you think this book is fiction or nonfiction? How do you know?"
Allow a couple of students to offer responses. Clarify that the book you chose is fiction, meaning imaginary or pretend. Read the title of the book to the students, and allow a few students to offer predictions about what the story will be about, based on the title and illustration on the cover of the book.
Explain that today, they will learn about a strategy called a picture walk. Explain to the students that a picture walk is when you use the illustrations to figure out what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. This is called the story's plot. Explain that a picture walk can also be used to figure out tricky vocabulary words and to figure out what message the author is trying to tell the reader.
Write and read the following language objective in student-friendly language on the board and have students choral chant the learning objective back to you:
I can understand a fictional text by describing illustrations with words and phrases using sentence and paragraph frames for support!