Reciprocal Teaching: Aunty Misery

Subject Area

Language Arts - 5th Grade

FCAT Connection

Materials

The following materials are need for this lesson

Procedures

  1. Ask the students to take out a sheet of paper and write three things that they think that "good" readers do.
  2. Ask students to tell one thing that they have written on their papers.
  3. Tell the students that most of what they have said can be categorized into one of the strategies that are used in Reciprocal Teaching:

    Predicting, Clarifying, Questioning, Summarizing, and Visualizing.

  4. Pass out the Reciprocal Teaching bookmarks.
  5. Define each of the five parts. Explain that they may come in any order but will be done in order for this lesson.
  6. Pass out highlighters. Students will use them to highlight parts that need clarification or parts that may be good "teacher-like" questions.
  7. Write the phrase "Aunty Misery" on the board. Give students one minute to write down anything that comes to mind. Then ask them to predict from the title what they think this story will be about. Write predictions on board/overhead.
  8. Distribute copies of the story "Aunty Misery."
  9. Remind students that they are to highlight any word or idea that they do not understand or any part that will be a good teacher-like question.
  10. Model Passage One and Passage Two using Reciprocal Teaching strategies.
  11. After completing Passage One and Passage Two, make sure students understand Reciprocal Teaching strategies.
  12. Distribute Student Scripts and Student Task Cards.
  13. Remind students to use their bookmarks as guides.
  14. Ask Teacher/Leader #1 to begin.
  15. After Teacher/Leader #5 has completed his/her part, distribute Reciprocal Teaching Group Worksheets.
  16. Explain to students that they will finish the story in groups and fill out all sections of the Group Worksheet.
  17. After student groups have completed the Group Worksheet, elicit, share, and discuss group responses.
  18. Ask for volunteers from the groups to help summarize the entire story on the overhead or chalkboard.

    This story about ________________ begins with ________________, discusses how ________________, and ends with ________________.

  19. Distribute the reading comprehension quiz and instruct students to complete.

Assessment

Reading Comprehension Quiz
Group Worksheet







 



















Reciprocal Teaching: Aunty Misery

Student Script: Teacher/Leader #1

SAY:

Please highlight any word or phrase that you do not understand as I read this part of the lesson.

READ:

The following part of the lesson to the class:

And so it happened that when the children came back to taunt the old woman and to steal her fruit, she sttod at her window watching them. Several of them shimmied up the trunk of the pear tree and immediately got stuck to it as it with glue. She let them cry and beg for a ling time before she gave the tree permission to let them gom on the condition that they would never again steal her fruit or bother her.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #1? Was your prediction correct?

SAY:

Who has Clarifying Card #1? Is there a word or phrase that you did not understand? (If there is more that one word, clarify one word at a time.)

SAY:

Does anyone else have a clarifying question?

SAY:

Who has Visualizing Card #1? Please tell what picture came to your mind when I read this part of the lesson.

SAY:

Who has Questioning Card #1? Please ask a Teacher-like Question.

SAY:

Does anyone else have a Teacher-like Question?

SAY:

Who has Summary Card #1? Please summarize this part of the lesson in one sentence.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #2? What do you think is going to happen in the next part of the lesson?

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Reciprocal Teaching: Aunty Misery

Student Script: Teacher/Leader #2

SAY:

Please highlight any word or phrase that you do not understand as I read this part of the lesson.

READ:

The following part of the lesson to the class:

Time passed, and both Aunty Misery and her tree greew bent and gnarled with age. One day another traveler stopped at her door. This one looked suffocated and exhausted, so the old woman asked him what he wanted in her village. He answered her in a voice that was dry and hoarse, as if he had to swallowed a desert: "I am Death, and I have come to take you with me."

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #2? Was your prediction correct?

SAY:

Who has Clarifying Card #2? Is there a word or phrase that you did not understand? (If there is more that one word, clarify one word at a time.)

SAY:

Does anyone else have a clarifying question?

SAY:

Who has Visualizing Card #2? Please tell what picture came to your mind when I read this part of the lesson.

SAY:

Who has Questioning Card #2? Please ask a Teacher-like Question.

SAY:

Does anyone else have a Teacher-like Question?

SAY:

Who has Summary Card #2? Please summarize this part of the lesson in one sentence.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #3? What do you think is going to happen in the next part of the lesson?

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Reciprocal Teaching: Aunty Misery

Student Script: Teacher/Leader #3

SAY:

Please highlight any word or phrase that you do not understand as I read this part of the lesson.

READ:

The following part of the lesson to the class:

Thinking fast, Aunty Misery said, "All right, but before I go, I would like to pluck some pears from my beloved pear tree to remember how much pleasure it brought me in this life. But, I am a very old woman and cannot climb to the tallest branches where the best fruit is; will you be so kind as to do it for me?" With a heavy sigh like wind through a catacomb, Death climbed the pear tree. Immediately he became stuck to it as if with glue. And no matter how much he cursed and threatened Aunty Misery would not give the tree permission to release Death.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #3? Was your prediction correct?

SAY:

Who has Clarifying Card #3? Is there a word or phrase that you did not understand? (If there is more that one word, clarify one word at a time.)

SAY:

Does anyone else have a clarifying question?

SAY:

Who has Visualizing Card #3? Please tell what picture came to your mind when I read this part of the lesson.

SAY:

Who has Questioning Card #3? Please ask a Teacher-like Question.

SAY:

Does anyone else have a Teacher-like Question?

SAY:

Who has Summary Card #3? Please summarize this part of the lesson in one sentence.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #4? What do you think is going to happen in the next part of the lesson?

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Reciprocal Teaching: Aunty Misery

Student Script: Teacher/Leader #4

SAY:

Please highlight any word or phrase that you do not understand as I read this part of the lesson.

READ:

The following part of the lesson to the class:

Many years passed, and there were no deaths in the world. The people who made their living from death began to protest loudly. The doctors claimed no one bothered to come in for examinations or treatments anymore because they did not fear dying; the pharmacists' business suffered, too because medicines are, like magic potions, brought to prevent or postpone the inevitable; the preiests and undertakers were unhappy with the situation also, for obvious reasons. There were many old folks tired of life who wanted to pass on to the next world to rest from the miseries of this one.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #4? Was your prediction correct?

SAY:

Who has Clarifying Card #4? Is there a word or phrase that you did not understand? (If there is more that one word, clarify one word at a time.)

SAY:

Does anyone else have a clarifying question?

SAY:

Who has Visualizing Card #4? Please tell what picture came to your mind when I read this part of the lesson.

SAY:

Who has Questioning Card #4? Please ask a Teacher-like Question.

SAY:

Does anyone else have a Teacher-like Question?

SAY:

Who has Summary Card #4? Please summarize this part of the lesson in one sentence.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #5? What do you think is going to happen in the next part of the lesson?

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Reciprocal Teaching:Aunty Misery

Student Script: Teacher/Leader #5

SAY:

Please highlight any word or phrase that you do not understand as I read this part of the lesson.

READ:

The following part of the lesson to the class:

Aunty Misery realized al this, and not wishing to be unfair, she deal a deal with her prisoner, Death: If he promised not ever to come for her again, she would give him his freedom. He agreed. And that is why so long as the world is the world, Aunty Misery will always live.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #5? Was your prediction correct?

SAY:

Who has Clarifying Card #5? Is there a word or phrase that you did not understand? (If there is more that one word, clarify one word at a time.)

SAY:

Does anyone else have a clarifying question?

SAY:

Who has Visualizing Card #5? Please tell what picture came to your mind when I read this part of the lesson.

SAY:

Who has Questioning Card #5? Please ask a Teacher-like Question.

SAY:

Does anyone else have a Teacher-like Question?

SAY:

Who has Summary Card #5? Please summarize this part of the lesson in one sentence.

SAY:

Who has Predicting Card #5? What do you think is going to happen next?

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