Kelly Beardsley EDT 674
State Standards - Reading
 Summarize ideas drawn from stories, identifying cause-and-effect
relationships, interpreting events and ideas, and connecting different
works to each other and to real-life experiences
Identify a purpose for reading, such as gaining information, learning
about a viewpoint, and appreciating literature
Comprehend reading by using strategies such as activating prior
knowledge, establishing purpose, self-correcting and self-monitoring,
rereading, making predictions, finding context clues, developing visual
images, applying knowledge of text structures, and adjusting reading
rate according to purpose and difficulty
Extend the literal meaning of a text by making inferences, and evaluate
the significance and validity of texts in light of prior knowledge and
Summarize key details of informational texts, connecting new
information to prior knowledge
Goals & Objectives
Students will be able to:
 Understand more of the book through connections rather
than comprehension questions.
 Answer questions about the text that have not been answered
yet. (Tell me why they think Grandfather is crying. I don’t
need them to know what kind of farm he owns.)
 Connect themselves or something they have experienced to
the text.
 Students will use all of their knowledge while reading and
 Students will learn to ask themselves questions about the
How’s and Why’s of the text before they find the answer
 Teaches what is necessary and not the minor details
 Lets the students know exactly what is expected
Why Change to UbD Format?
 Previous lessons:
- Read chapter by chapter
- Answered comprehension questions (multiple choice)
- Writing prompts about specific events that occurred
 How UbD alters learning experience:
- Challenge
- Critical thinking skills
- Connections
- Inferencing
Essential Questions
 Little Willie is 10 years old but he knows that he can save
Grandfather and the farm. Why is it important to dream big
and believe in yourself just as Little Willie did? What happens
if you do not?
 Stone Fox wants to win the race as he has in the past. Why do
you think he helped Little Willie win? How has your image of
Stone Fox changed?
Enduring Understandings
 Winning is sometimes the hardest part / Sometimes you
can get what you want but at a great cost
 Understanding the conflicts between characters and
relating them directly back to life experiences or
background knowledge (text-to-self)
 How characters that may be “bad” can do “good”
 Why it is important to dream big and believe it yourself
Knowledge & Skills – Lesson 1
Connection Writing Prompt - individual writing; whole and
small group discussion
Example: In the story, Little Willy enters a dogsled race.
He hopes to win the prize money in order to save the farm
for himself and his grandfather. Think of a time you were in
a competition and how you felt. Remember what it was like
to compete. Write about the experience of being in a
Knowledge & Skills – Lesson 2
Inference and Evidence Writing Prompt - have students
truly think about what is not actually written.
Example: Sometimes you can get what you want but at a
great cost. The race is the climax of the story. Write a
paragraph describing Willy's experiences in the race.
Evidences of Learning & Assessment
 Teacher Questions
 Connection Prompts
 Inference and Evidence prompts
 Reflective Mini-Journals
 Character Exploration
 Chapter Reading Checks (oral and written)
 Vocabulary Quizzes
 Comprehension Questions
 Whole and Small Group Discussion Questions
Thank you!

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