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    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco: Reading Response Road Map

    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco: Reading Response Road Map

    Take a navigated journey through a picture book! Use this reading response map as your guide through Patricia Polacco's Thunder Cake.

    In this story, while gathering the ingredients for her grandmother's "thunder cake," a young girl begins to overcome her fear of storms. Recipe for "thunder cake" is included. This book aligns with Guided Reading Level M, and introduces such topics as weather, food and cooking, grandparents, and feelings and emotions.

    On the reading response map, prompts in text boxes, along with art cues, guide students’ comprehension about the story they are reading. The prompts help students to build comprehension skills, such as:

    • recalling events
    • describing characters
    • predicting outcomes
    • exploring cause-and-effect relationships
    • making personal connections,
    • and more!

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    Patricia Polacco (Story Leads): Teaching Writing With Mentor Texts (Grades 1-3)

    Patricia Polacco (Story Leads): Teaching Writing With Mentor Texts (Grades 1-3)

    “When I’m composing a story, I sit in one of my rocking chairs and dream it up. For me, rocking is important to the process. I have 12 rocking chairs in the house, and I keep pens and small pads next to them, in case a real good idea springs into my head.” –Patricia Polacco

    This dynamic unit matches a favorite author (and their works) to a writing topic, using favorite picture books as powerful models to teach key writing skills! Includes a "Hooking the Reader" graphic organizer, writing center ideas, guided and independent writing activities, connections to the standards, and more!

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Thank You, Mr. Falker

Author: Patricia Polacco

Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

Interest Level:
2-4

Lexile Framework:
650L

Grade Level Equivalent:
4.8

Guided Reading Level:
M

Age:
7-9

Genre:
Autobiography and Biography

Subject:
Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles, Elementary School, Dyslexia, Pride and Self-Esteem, Bullying Experiences

About This Book

In this autobiographical story, Little Trisha, overjoyed at the thought of learning how to read struggles when she finds that all the letters and numbers get jumbled up. Her classmates make matters worse by calling her dummy.  Finally, in fifth grade, she is lucky enough to have a teacher who recognizes Trisha's incredible artistic ability — and understands her problem, and takes the time to lead her to the magic of reading.

Although dyslexia is never mentioned in the book, this story will provide great reassurance to children who struggle to overcome learning disabilities.


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