During this sequence of independent tasks, students will be reading and writing about a short story and a poem. This work will prepare students to write an explanatory text that analyzes how a central message is conveyed stanza by stanza throughout the poem. The two texts utilized for these sample tasks are

Wright, Suzanne. ”Amiga." Spider: The Magazine for Children. Sept. 2011. 25-31. Print.
Taylor, Kathy. “My Favorite Donkey.” Shadow Ridge Donkeys. 11 Apr. 2012. Web. 7 Jun. 2012. <http://www.shadowridgedonkeys.com/donkey_poems.htm>.

The Student Support provides support for assisting students to understand what the task requires, and then provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their engagement with the task.

Student Sequence

  • Read short story and complete comprehension tasks:
    • Independent Task 1 – Vocabulary: Meaning
    • Independent Task 2 – Comprehension: Actions of Character
  • Read poem and complete comprehension tasks:
    • Independent Task 3 – Vocabulary: Meaning
    • Independent Task 4 – Vocabulary: Literal and Non-Literal
    • Independent Task 5 – Comprehension: Central Message
  • Complete analytic writing task:
    • Independent Task 6 – Analytic Writing
Watch the video for an overview of Independent Tasks