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The Case of the Gasping Garbage
Title: The Case of the Gasping Garbage
Author: Jeannette Trejo, Washington Heights Academy, NYC
Subject Area/ Grade: English/ 3rd Grade
Students will pick one of the two main characters from the text, “The Case of the Gasping Garbage.” Students will be asked to create a new scene to add to the book and be given the choice of how to present their assignment. They will pretend they are their chosen character. Then they will choose either to: create a diorama or scene; act out a scene from the text; create a written script in the form of a play; create a book of illustrations.
Learning Target: I can describe how a character's actions impact the sequence of events in a text.I can create a narrative.
Content Area and Standards
Reading: Key idea and details
STANDARD 3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
STANDARD 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Text: The Case of The Gasping Garbage
Summary of text: The two main characters are best friends; Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey. They are in the fourth grade. They combine their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve a variety of cases.. The text includes scientific vocabulary and experiments.
Joy2Learn Artists /Videos that Support Project
Hector Elizondo - I will play the video for students before I present the assignment. I will ask students to think about what they learned from watching the video. I will ask students to take notes as they watch. They can either write their notes or draw illustrations. I will call on students to share their notes. Then I will share my notes about the video. I will explain to my students that it’s important to analyze the whole story and go beyond the pages of the text. I will encourage them to think about the possible problems and solutions that can be added to the anchor text that we are reading in class. I will remind students that analyzing is a skill we should use naturally when we are reading, speaking, listening to our favorite song, watching our favorite movie or show, and of course creating a response to a school assignment.
Wynton Marsalis: Play video: I will present the video to my students. I will provide background information about Wyton Marsalis. I will ask students to think about what they learned from watching the video. I will call on students to share out. I will then share with the students Maraslis’ message that it is always important to practice. But more importantly we need to overcome our fears.
Elizabeth Murray: I will play the video for my students. I will ask students to take notes as they watch. They can either write their notes or draw illustrations. I will call on students to share their notes. Then I will share my notes about the video. I will explain that some important themes that I learned from Ms. Murray were:
Art Forms that May Be Included
Connections to Students Passion Areas and Interests
Students will be encouraged to be creative. I will remind students that when creating a narrative we are using our imagination and creative skills. They will choose the form of “creativity” they want to use for their project.
I will select a scene from the text that we have previously read and model how to use the “act it out strategy”. I will have the students watch me act it out. Then I will have them share out and describe what I was doing in the scene.