|UNIT 4: LESSON 16:
Why do some authors write funny stories?
Main Selection: "A Mr. Rubbish Mood" by Megan McDonald
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Humorous fiction is a story written to entertain readers.
Target Skill: Author's Purpose
author's purpose is the reason that the author wrote the book. The
theme is the big idea or lesson the author wants readers to know.
Authors write to entertain, to inform, to describe, or to persuade.
Target Strategy: Monitor/Clarify
Good readers ask themselves questions to make sure they understand the text.
Fluency: Intonation: Natural Speech
good readers read aloud, they use intonation. That means they make
their voice rise and fall like natural speech. Punctuation marks and
commas help readers know how to use rising or falling intonation.
Parent Support: Reading
Parent Support: Fluency
Identifying Author's Purpose
The Crowded House
Target Strategy: Context Clues
is the words and sentences around a word that give readers clues to its
meaning. When readers read a word for which they do not know the
meaning, they can use context, or the words and sentences around the
unknown word, as clues to figure out its meaning. Sometimes the meaning
of the word can be found in the same sentence or in nearby sentences.
Sometimes another word or phrase gives a hint about the meaning.
shade - an area where direct sunlight is blocked
dripping - coming down in drops
carton - paper or cardboard box
hardly - not very much
• rubbish - trash
recycle - to treat or process in order to use again
global - worldwide
complicated - hard to understand or deal with; difficult
pollution - the state of being dirty or not pure
project - a special undertaking
Phonics: Words with air, ear, are
The spelling sound /air/ can be air as in hair, are as in care, or ear as in bear.
Spelling: Vowel + /r/ Sounds in air and fear
air, wear, chair, stairs, bare, bear, hair
care, pear, pair, share, near, ear, beard
Grammar: What is an Adjective?
adjective describes, or tells about, a noun. Some adjectives tell what
kind. Adjectives such as one, ten, many, and several tell how many. The
adjectives this and that tell "which one."
Writing: Write to Persuade: Persuasive Letter
Focus Trait: Ideas
What makes a great persuasive letter?
It tells the goal - something the writer wants the audience to do - at the beginning.
It uses strong reasons to support the goal.
The letter is written in correct letter form.
The voice is positive and polite.
Writing a great persuasive letter involves many steps.
1. Prewrite: Complete a web map in order to get your ideas on paper.
Begin a draft using the prewrite web map. State the goal and give
strong reasons in a positive tone. Use correct letter form, with polite
3. Revise and Edit: Revise your
writing by using exact words and sensory details. Edit your letter by
proofreading for spelling, capitals and punctuation.
4. Final Copy: After revising and editing, write a final copy of your letter.
Parent Support: Writing