Guided Reading, Fifth Grade Session 1 with the fiction text, Ahmad’s Journey
Reading Ahmad’s Journey begins with students silently read the first four pages of Chapter 1 to begin thinking about what is revealed through what characters say, do, and think and how characters interact with others, revealing the relationships between characters.
After noticing the asterisks on page 7, which indicate a change in point-of-view in the story, students read the rest of chapter 1 silently and then discuss their thinking about the story.
The students prepare to read the rest of the book independently away from the group to prepare for the following day’s discussion.
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