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Realistic Fiction Mini Lesson

2 min read

Book: The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Grade Level: Ninth Grade

Mini Lesson: Before beginning Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, I would first engage in an active read aloud of the first chapter with a ninth grade English class. As we would read the first chapter together, we would write down some key elements occuring in the story (i.e. main characters, theme, geographic location, socio-economic status, events, etc.). Then, I would choose a song that I thought best related to that chapter of the story. After listening to the song, I would ask students to write a paragraph explaining why that song suited chapter one using support from the text. Students would volunteer to share some of their responses and all students would turn in responses as an in-class assignment. I would then ask students which song they would choose for chapter one. After volunteer shared their song choices with concrete explanations, I would inform students that they would be choosing a song and writing a paragraph with contextual support for each chapter. Finally, I would teach students how to use SlideDeck to create a summary in photos of the chapter. That evening, students would go home to read chapter 2, choose a song, write a paragraph explaining why they chose that particular song, and then create a SlideDeck summary of the chapter. Each student would share their slidedeck presentation and teach the class what occurred in the chapter with the use of their photos.