Objective: Before reading a story, it is important for the reader to have an understanding about what they are about to read. One way to do this is to use information from the cover art, title, and book jacket blurb to make predictions about the story. The objective of this lesson is to use this information to make predictions about "The Whipping Boy" before students begin reading the story.
1) Small group activity: Divide the class into small groups of 3 to 4 students. Each group looks at the cover and title of the book. The groups make a list of predictions addressing what the book might be about using the information provided on the cover art and from the title. Groups should be prepared to share their responses with the class.
2) In class writing: Individually, students write a half-page response using the book jacket blurb to predict what will...
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