Cynthia Rylant is from West Virginia, and several of her books, When I was Young in the Mountain, Night in the Country, and The Relatives Came are autobiographical. If you are not be familiar with The Relatives Came, the gist is that the Virginia relatives travel to West Virginia across the Blue Ridge Mountains to visit the West Virginia relatives for a family reunion. I just love the reunion scene with all the kissing and hugging. Reminds me of visiting our family when I was young. “Oh my, you’ve gotten so big!” “Look how you’ve grown?” Even now, I hear that when we travel home with my own children. How about yours? I’m sure you can connect with that too.
Before reading, students participate in a schema builder (Give One, Get One) about the students’ relatives as well as preteaching vocabulary and characterization.
During reading, students record information to tell about the beginning, middle and end. Question task cards are included for group discussion if the teacher uses the book for partner work or in guided reading. There is also a cause and effect page as well using text examples for discussions.
Finally, there are written responses that the teacher can use to extend learning and deepen comprehension.
Since Cynthia Rylant is one of my favorite authors and featured with this hop post, I am thought I’d share the link to the 10 set bundle. The bundle includes units for the books, Snow, In November, Scarecrow, The Relatives Came, When I was Young in the Mountain, The Great Gracie Chase, Silver Packages,All in a Day, All I See and Christmas in the Country.
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Sarah from Sarah Plumatillo.com is up next. She has amazing resources in her store, and I can not wait to see what she’s put together for her book, The Gift of Nothing. Can you? Well, check out that book over on Sarah’s blog