Day 1: I did a read aloud with the book So You Want to Be President. I chose this book because of the upcoming election and the high interest from my students. As I read, students took notes on the advantages and disadvantages of being the president on a T-chart. After reading, great discussions were held on the jobs of the president and what characteristics/qualities would be needed for these tasks. This was the first read and first exposure to the text.
Day 2: I made a copy of a couple of pages from the book. I posed the question: What characteristics make a good president?I modeled underlining and circling words that stuck out to me. Together, we looked for patterns we saw within the words we underlined. Using the clues we underlined and thinking about the patterns that we came up with, we inferred that the President must be honest.
Then, the students used a different page from the book and underlined words that stuck out to them. Since this is such a new skill for us, I decided to let a few students share what they underlined. Students then looked for similarities among the words that they underlined. After noticing patterns within their important ideas, they inferred some qualities that a good president would need. Check out the work!