The class is really enjoying reading Charlotte’s Web! We use a combination of oral and silent reading with each chapter. Sometimes, I will also read the chapter aloud or play a recording of the chapter, read by E.B. White himself. I am noticing that the students are building better vocabulary as they read the rich language in this story.
Our target comprehension skills this week include: setting, sequencing & characterization. Students learn to use the words and actions of a character to help identify personality traits. We cite examples from the text to justify the use of certain adjectives for main characters in the story. Students also illustrate a ‘postcard from the barn’ describing the setting. Assuming the point of view of a visitor to the barn, students sequence main events that occur when Wilbur escapes from his pen, cheered on in earnest by the goose and other animals.