Interactive reading of a story

Albuquerque teacher Ali Nava walks her students through an interactive reading of the final pages of Burro's Tortillas, a southwestern adaptation of the classic folk tale "The Little Red Hen."

Teacher: Ali Nava
Grade: 2
School Name: Lew Wallace Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Interactive reading of a story

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Ali Nava leads her students through an interactive reading of the end of "Burro's Tortillas."

Standards

Reading Standards for Literature (K-5)

  • Ask and answer such questions about key details of a text. (RL 1.1)
  • Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson. (RL 1.2)
  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. (RL 1.3)
  • Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. (RL 1.4)
  • Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, settings or events. (RL 1.7)
  • Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details of a text. (RL 2.1)
  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. (RL 2.2)
  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges. (RL 2.3)
  • Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. (RL 2.4)
  • Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action. (RL 2.5)
  • Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud. (RL 2.6)
  • Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot. (RL 2.7)

Speaking and Listening Standards (K-5)

  • Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. (SL 1.1)
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. (SL 1.2)
  • Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. (SL 1.4)
  • Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. (SL 1.5)
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. (SL 1.2)
  • Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. (SL 2.2)
  • Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences. (SL 2.4)
  • Add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings. (SL 2.5)

Discussion Questions

  • What differences do you see in the standards from one grade to the next?
  • How would you modify this Grade 1 lesson if you wanted to use it with Grade 2 students?

Lesson Summary

Ali Nava is an elementary teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a member of the first-grade cadre in our Common Core in Albuquerque project.
In this video, Ali walks her students through an interactive reading of the final pages of Burro's Tortillas, a southwestern adaptation of the classic folk tale "The Little Red Hen." She asks them to summarize earlier parts of the story, predict the end of the story, and discuss the story's moral.

Things to watch for:

  • Clearly stated lesson objectives
  • Explicit attention focused on the beginning, middle, and end of the story
  • Review of specific details such as character, plot, and dialogue from the story
  • Extended interaction between the students and teacher
  • Higher level thinking in the class discussion of the story's theme/message
  • Use of interactive technology in the reading lesson
  • Use of prediction

More Watch & Learn video with Ali Nava