The Stranger By: Chris Van Allsburg
A lesson that combines questioning and inferring...
If you research books to use to teach "questioning," you will inevitably come across this title. When you read it, the kids will naturally begin to generate questions...LOTS and lots of questions. During the read aloud, I simply recorded their questions. After the story, we discussed our "questioning" and how it could lead us to make a inference about the identity of the "stranger." Chris Van Allsburg hinted that the stranger is "Jack Frost" in an interview that I read online. My students came up with many ideas including the idea that the stranger was "Father Nature."
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