I’ve talked about book introductions in another blog post. Check out my post 4 Book Introductions You Don’t Want to Miss gave 4 ideas for introducing a book. Too often we skip the introduction and jump into vocabulary and reading, but the introduction sets the stage.
Here’s another book introduction that combines the introduction with the vocabulary (and adds in a little bit of word study for good measure).
You’ve “met” Mallory before. She was my model for the CVC practice in action “I Don’t Know This Word…Now What?” She is such a hard worker and I love working with her. She is just starting a Level D reader. She struggles with reading accuracy and sight word recognition and automaticity, but her comprehension is wonderful.
Step 1: I found four short i words and four short o words from the text.
Step 2: I gave her a sort sheet (I have a stack of these scrap card stock papers, so I use them a lot.)
Step 3: I said a word. She had to decide if it had a short i or short o, then write the word.
Step 4: I gave her a very short introduction and asked her to use the other words to predict what would happen in the story.
Book introduction: Video
Here’s a video of the introduction. I know, I know I held the phone the wrong way…ugh!
Of course, this introduction isn’t for every book. It’s perfect for decodable texts. It just depends on the book, but I loved it and she did, too.
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