Hello, my name is...Introductions are very important. Every good guided reading lesson starts with a great introduction. Unfortunately, it can be easily overlooked and taken for granted. I actually observed a teacher hand out books and say, "Look at the pictures quickly, so we can start reading." That was her entire introduction. Taking time to write your introduction assures you can present a meaningful introduction that supports and ensures success. There are many ways to introduce a book. Here are four.
1. Vocabulary Sort
3. Prediction DetectiveRemember the old game show. One person gave clues about a word and the other person guesses. This is actually a great game of making predictions and drawing conclusions. Do not show them the cover of the book. Choose specific vocabulary from the story that will lead your students to draw the conclusions about the story. Write one word at a time and discuss what kind of book would have this word in it. Writing words like "seed, Sally, grow, daisy" can be a great introduction to the Rigby PM Platinum Level Reader, "Sally and the Daisy." As you add a word, ask students what the book might be about. Finally, ask for the predictions. During the picture walk students can continue to confirm ideas about the story.
4. Make a ConnectionAt the Emergent Level, students are beginning to make personal connections to text. One way to introduce a book is making the connection for students prior to reading the story. "One day last summer I went to Busch Gardens (or the state fair or carnival). Have you ever been to Busch Gardens?" Remind students there are rides at the park. Show the students the cover of the book. "Who has been on a merry-go-round that would like to share your experiences with us?" After a student or two share their experiences, remind them to look for connections when you do the picture walk.
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