Ask these questions as you read Arnold Lobel's Ming Lo Moves the Mountain.
Use a chalkboard chart like the one below as you direct the pupils' reading. Call on pupils for phrases or sentences to fill in the chart as the story progresses.
|Why or why not?|
|Push with a tree||No.||A person pushing a
tree isn't strong
enough to move a
|Make lots of noise.||No.||A mountain isn't a
person, so you can't
|Take gifts to the
|No.||The wind blew the
cakes and bread away.
|Take your house
apart and do a
|Yes.||The dance moved Ming
Lo and his wife away
from the mountain.
Guide reading by asking questions like these:
- What problems do Ming Lo and his wife have with their house under the mountain? How could they solve these problems without trying to move the mountain? (For example: build a stronger roof; get a wood stove to heat the house; find a field away from the mountain's shadow in which to grow a garden.)
- Is the wise man really wise? Does he really think that his first three suggestions will work, or is he just trying to show Ming Lo the impossibility of moving a mountain?
- What do you think about the wise man's final suggestion? Is he playing a trick on Ming Lo? Is he trying to help him?
- If you were a friend of Ming Lo, what would you tell him when he says, “The mountain has moved far away”?