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?

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