And now onto Words of the Wiser… if you are still with me! 🙂 I hope! I know there is a lot of information within these two chapters that I don’t want to leave out!
1. I was originally excited about this chapter because they use the book Ride to Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan. I KNOW THAT BOOK! I use it for a guided-reading or lit circle book time to time. So when I read this chapter I can see how Words of the Wiser works and how to model it to my students!
2. Words of the Wiser… students are taught to identify the scene in which a wiser, and generally older, character offers the main character some critical advice.
3. Usually this lesson is taught fourth, after Contrasts and Contradictions, Aha Moments, and Tough Questions. Also note that these lessons are not mini-lessons. You need a good chunk of time, say 30-40 mins to fully teach and model the concept.
4. As with Tough Questions you are going to begin by explaining what wise words are… how your parents or older siblings give you advice.
5. Using scenes from the book, you show how someone was giving Charlotte advice. Example, when Vern was telling Charlotte “You gotta do what your heart tells you.” You ask questions to the students such as, “How could this advice affect the character?”
6. The authors do state that most of the chapter books they have read do have Words of the Wiser moments, not all but as long as the main character is a child or young adult, then a wiser and older character often gives advice.
7. Other recommended books for additional practice: Walk Two Moons, Tuck Everlasting, Thank You, Ma’am. These are geared towards older grades though.
Phew!! I really am excited to dive into Close Reading next school year. If you have any doubts or questions on how to do close reading, especially using fiction text, this is the book to get!
I hope you enjoyed this whole book study! Make sure to check out the other posts. A lot of bloggers have included some amazing template that are free for you to use! I know I will be!