My project involves getting readers to understand the continuity of a chapter book. As primary readers they often
are given boks similar to the "Henry and Mudge" variety and these books present chapters as individual stories.
The next developmental step is to use early chapter books for read aloud and discuss the story as we read. This
is often referred to as active listening or accoutable listening.
Questions to be used would include but not limited to
Who are the characters we have met?
What do we know about them?
What is the setting of the
Have you ever been in a situation/place like this?
How does this make you feel?
Does this remind you of
What can you infer from this part of the story?
What would you predict is going to happen next?
of Andrea Cheng's picture books would be good for the read alouds, including: When the Bees Fly Home, Grandfather Counts,
Golfish and CHrysanthemums, and Anna the Bookbinder. These books provide heavier content and would be good introductions to
having the children listen for meaning.
The following is a list of early chapter books I would recommend for the continuity of chapter reading.
Sneakers Contest" by Julie Anne Peters
"Seesaw Girl" by Linda Sue Park
"Dog Friday" by Hilary McKay
by Alice Mead
This project would be useful in teaching the Language Arts Standard#3 Reading process: concepts of
Print, Comprehension Strategies and Self-Monitoring
It would cover first grade Indicators #1,2,6,7,10,11
Of Benchmark A
Indicators #4 for Benchmark B
Indicator #9 for Benchmark F