Friday, November 22, 2013

The Gift of Reading Stop #12: Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then

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For this Gift of Reading, you will find a great read aloud to use around the holidays and a reading strategy for summarizing narrative text. Let's get to it!

Read Aloud

Going home is a great story to read close to the holidays. In this story, a migrant farm working family makes their way home to Mexico for Christmas. The children in the family don't understand why they have to go each year or why their parents love their little Mexican town of La Perla at first, but then they see that it is home to their parents. The children come to understand that their parents went to the United States for opportunities - opportunities for the children and for themselves.

Reading Strategy
Somebody - Wanted - But - So - Then is a great reading strategy to use to summarize narrative text in a quick way.

In the example of our mentor text, the strategy might come out like this:

"Mama and Papa wanted their children to have opportunities for their future, but in Mexico, there weren't many. So, the family moved to the United States. Then they visit "home" for the holidays and the children see how much their parents sacrificed to give them opportunities in their future."


Now that you've learned about my strategies, head over to my TpT store to download my freebie! In the document, you'll find a review of the story, a poster for Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then, and exit slip, and a running record you can do to assess your students' reading.

And now the big secret letter is:

Enjoy the coming holiday season with your students, family, and friends! I hope that you have found a great read-aloud and a new strategy that will help with your instruction! Make sure to follow BigTime Literacy so you can learn all about what is happening in my corner of the world. Next up on this blog: Academic Parent Teacher Teams!

Don't stop now! Hop on over to Read With Me ABC to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays! 

If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off! 

Happy Friday!


  1. I love the somebody wanted but so summarizing! Thank you!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. Great freebie! Thank you!

    I am your newest follower :)

    Mindful Rambles

    1. I'm glad you can use the Freebie! I'm going to check out your blog right now!

  3. Michelle,
    I have not heard of Eve Bunting's book, Going Home, until I read that. I'm not sure how that book snuck past me for so ling, but it is now on my shopping list. Thank you! I look forward to using your summarizing activity with my students!

    Read With Me ABC

    1. Yes, Going Home is a great book to keep in your collection. I hope your kiddos will like is as much as mine do!


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