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Using Picture Walks to Examine Purpose

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.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Examining Author's Purpose in a Fictional Textlesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to recount parts of a fictional text.

Language

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.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
Paragraph Frame Worksheet for Fictional Text RetellVocabulary Cards: Using Picture Walks to Examine the Author's PurposeGlossary: Using Picture Walks to Examine the Author's PurposeTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • 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!

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second grade
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