A close reading activity based on the story, “The Cricket in Times Square” and includes instructions for implementation, text dependent questions, vocabulary and additional tasks. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.9; RF.4.3, RF.4.4; W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.9; L.4.1, L.4.4, L.4.5; SL.4.1<br />This resource was developed through the Student Achievement Partners Basal Alignment Project. For more information regarding the Basal Alignment Project, check out http://tinyurl.com/l8u25hd
The Cricket in Times Square
Subject English Language Arts — Language, Reading Foundational Skills, Reading Standards for Fiction, Speaking and Listening, Writing
Grade Level Grades 3-5
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Common Core State Standards
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.