Growing Readers and Writers with Mentor Texts - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Growing Readers and Writers with Mentor Texts


Ideas by Jivey walks you through a reading comprehension lesson with the mentor text, Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco, and includes a free activity to use!

Welcome to the SPRING mentor text resource hop, brought to you by The Reading Crew! This month, there is a K-2 hop and a 3-5 hop. Feel free to choose one or BOTH to hop through and gather great lessons for our favorite spring mentor texts. At the bottom of all of The Reading Crew's posts, there is a "map" of the blogs so you can hop through them all at once, visit some today and some later in the week, or see what best matches your literacy needs. March 18-March 20, there is an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! Collect the mystery words found in each post and enter them into the matching grade level rafflecopter for your chance to win some Amazon moola! You can print the form below to write in the mystery words as you go, then enter them all at the end...
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The book I am using for my lesson is Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco.
Although not a traditional Easter story, this book is a great one to read around that time of year. Patricia commonly recounts stories from her own childhood in her books, and this is no exception. Her childhood neighbors, Stewart and Winston, are much more like brothers to her, despite her Russian Jewish heritage and their being African American boys. The boys' grandma, Miss Eula, is raising them, and Patricia looks to her as another grandmother as well. The three children decide they want to buy Miss Eula an Easter hat that she has had her eye on. Unfortunately, their good intentions are misunderstood, and the children learn a lesson about kindness and humanity, as well as how to make Pysanky eggs. The story is filled with family values, and it bridges racial and religious differences in a beautiful tale about building relationships.

Even before the day you read the book, it is important to discuss theme vs. main idea, as these two get confused often. Mary from Teaching With a Mountain View has a great post about this, and this gorgeous anchor chart, too!
Theme vs. Main Idea anchor chart from Teaching With a Mountain View

The day you read the book, remind students of the meaning of theme before beginning, and ask them to think about what lessons are learned, or what is the message in this book as you read it aloud to help guide their thinking.

After reading Chicken Sunday, ask students to think about the message of the book. Sometimes it helps to talk about the problem of the story and how it was solved to help see the "big picture," or theme. Give students the activity and discuss (you also may want to return to parts of the book) the evidence that shows the theme they suggest. 
Ideas by Jivey walks you through a reading comprehension lesson with the mentor text, Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco, and includes a free activity to use!
There are certainly several themes that could be supported in this story, but the one I saw the most was kindness. 

The children wanted to get Miss Eula the hat she had been wanting to show thanks and kindness.

The children make Mr. Kodinski the Pysanky eggs to show kindness - even though he was mad at them for something they didn't do.

Mr. Kodinski gives the children the hat to show kindness.

You can do this activity together as part of a mini-lesson if you are early on in teaching theme, or you could have students complete it on their own. As long as students can support the theme with three pieces of evidence from the story, I would accept any theme that is suitable to the story. 

Ideas by Jivey walks you through a reading comprehension lesson with the mentor text, Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco, and includes a free activity to use!

I included a graphic organizer for theme that can be used with any book in your free download above! You could have students use the organizer with their own book, or with another read-aloud.

You might also like to show the students THIS VIDEO about how Pysanky eggs are made!

You can find more activities for this book, along with 29 others in my Volume 2 Better Than Basal (collection of mentor text activities)!

You might also love to use Patricia Polacco's books during your grammar and writing time with mentor sentences!

There is also a Volume 1 Better Than Basal with a collection of activities for 40 more of your favorite mentor texts!

My mystery word was EGGS! Be sure to enter it into the rafflecopter below! :)

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Check out the other great mentor text lessons for upper grades and collect all of the mystery words to enter into the rafflecopter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Want to take a look at the K-2 lessons? Click through below!

Ideas by Jivey walks you through a reading comprehension lesson with the mentor text, Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco, and includes a free activity to use!


8 comments

  1. I absolutely love this book. I bought it for my collection. Can't wait to use the lesson. Many thanks. Sandy

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  2. I can't believe I haven't read this book yet - it looks wonderful! Thanks for the wonderful graphic organizer and the fun video link! :o)

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  3. Adorable!! I love how you included the movie...kids would love to see that...very interesting! Thank you :)
    Julie
    The Techie Teacher

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  4. Thanks so much for joining in with us again, and of course, I love the freebie. Chicken Sunday is one of my favorites and perfect for this time of year. Have a happy Easter!
    Carla

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  5. I'm always looking for appropriate picture books to use. Thanks so much for the great suggestions!

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  6. I always read this story after I've shared Rechenka's Eggs and we've watched the Reading Rainbow video where Patricia Polacco shows LeVar Burton how to make Pysanky eggs. Our school-wide theme for the month is diversity, and Chicken Sunday ties in perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing your lesson ideas! I love them!
    ~Jennifer
    Stories and Songs in Second

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  7. I love this book, and so do my students! Thanks for sharing your ideas and freebie in this fun blog hop!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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  8. Love this book - and the video link is an awesome extension too! Thanks for sharing!

    Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm

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