Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

January Theme:  Patricia Polacco picture books

Patricia Polacco is another author whose books became touchstone texts in my classroom.  Her ability to write stories that children can relate to makes it easy to see why her books became model texts.

Comprehension Strategy: Making Predictions

An autobiographical story about a child who has difficulty learning to read.  It takes a special teacher to help her understand that she isn’t “dumb,” but instead has dyslexia. To learn more, read what Patricia Polacco has to say about the book.

Thank You, Mr. Falker is a fantastic model for a Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DR-TA).  It provides several opportunities for students to make predictions based on the pictures and the text.

Lesson idea: Prior to reading aloud the text, ask students to make a prediction about the book.  The picture and the title are a bit contradictory.  Chart student predictions and confirm or refine them as you read.  There are several more points in the text in which making predictions is appropriate.  Again, chart student predictions and confirm or refine them as you read.

What books do you use to teach making predictions?  Do you have any touchstone texts or touchstone authors in your classroom?

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

4 thoughts on “Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

  1. Dorothy Menosky January 4, 2010 / 5:14 PM

    There are so many wonderful picture story books that can be used for DR-TA. It’s a shame that you’ve chosen to share the one Polacco book that is not well written.
    The story itself may be true, but certainly not in the time frame presented within the book. Mr. Falker works his miracle way too quickly and easily.

  2. amy @teachmama January 8, 2010 / 7:03 AM

    This site is incredible. What a fantastic resource–just added it to my blogroll this am!


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