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Continuity in Chapter Books

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 the following:
Who are the characters we have met?
What do we know about them?
What is the setting of the  story?
Have you ever been in a situation/place like this?
How does this make you feel?
Does this remind you of anything?
What can you infer from this part of the story?
What would you predict is going to happen next?

Several 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.
"The Stinky Sneakers Contest" by Julie Anne Peters
"Seesaw Girl" by Linda Sue Park
"Dog Friday" by Hilary McKay
"Junebug" 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
Strategies Standard
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