Standards and Objective
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Students will listen to at least one Clementine title, take notes and discuss the text. They will be able to describe the main idea and key details based on discussions with whole class and partners.
- Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
- Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
- Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
- Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker
- Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
- Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker
- Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Have a class or group discussion about friendship. What does it mean to be friends with someone?
Play the first part of Clementine (1 hr. 31 min.) – we recommend 15-20 minutes per session.
Partner talk: discuss the differences between Margaret and Clementine. Who are you more alike?
As you continue through the title, as a class, keep track of adjectives you could use to describe Clementine.
Also make sure to discuss the main idea and details of Clementine. You could do a mini-lesson to remind students how to decide what are details and what is “fluff.” Use the Main Idea and Details graphic organizer to help students understand (this will meet state standards, too!)
At the end of the title, the teacher can assign random pairs. Each student should ask questions about what they like to do, what their family is like, etc. and create a hat for their partner. Write WHY it was designed the way it is. (Example: your hat has a sticker of a dog because you have a dog, it has a pin with an American flag on it because your parents moved here from another country and now call it home, etc.) See this website for ideas for making a hat.
Extensions and Variations
Students can listen to other titles in the Clementine series (listed above in “Tales2go Titles.”)
Students can also write an extension to one of the titles. Since Clementine gets herself into lots of situations, this should be simple 🙂
About the Common Core
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) lay out very specific listening requirements, by grade, as part of a dedicated strand for speaking and listening skills. The standards specify the use of ‘other media’ within the standards, e.g., “CCSS.ELA-Literacy 3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.”
Listening is placed on equal footing with reading, writing and speaking. And for those tempted to just pair audio with visual text, that approach is common and valid with emerging readers, but not what the standards intend.
The CCSS also requires students to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. Audio books can act as an important scaffold that allows students to read above their actual reading level.
Learn more at www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy.