Making text-to-text connections

Albuquerque teacher Ali Nava walks her students through a comparison of "The Little Red Hen" and a southwestern adaptation of the classic folk tale, Burro's Tortillas, using a Venn diagram.

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

Making text-to-text connections

Ali explains the way she used a Venn diagram to help her students compare "Burro's Tortillas" and "The Little Red Hen."

Standards

Reading Standards for Literature (K-5)

  • Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson. (RL 1.2)
  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. (RL 2.2)

Speaking and Listening Standards (K-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)

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 a comparison of "The Little Red Hen" and a southwestern adaptation of the classic folk tale, Burro's Tortillas, using a Venn diagram. She encourages them to recount details as the compare and contrast both stories together.

Things to watch for:

  • Clearly stated lesson objectives
  • The use of a Venn diagram graphic organizer to assist students' comparison
  • Review of specific details such as character, plot, and dialogue from the story
  • Scaffolded instruction through the use of visuals

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