The Wacky Witch War by Ellen Jackson
- To develop GENRE sense
- To help students understand story parts
- To build functional vocabulary
Do Now: Write a paragraph predicting what the book will be about (after viewing the front cover).
1) Show the front of the book to the class and ask the students to complete the DO NOW.
2) Distribute the Story Parts Map and explain each story part.
3) Explain that the students will be required to take notes on the Story Parts Map.
4) Ask the students to copy (in list form) the vocabulary words for the book.
5) Ask children to define as many vocabulary words as possible. Give context clue sentences for the remaining words in order to elicit correct definitions.
6) Read the book aloud. Ask the children to complete the Story Parts Map.
7) Ask the children to answer the following comprehension questions:
When did the story take place? (setting)
Where did the story take place? (setting)
Who are the characters? (characters)
What are the problems that the main character must solve? (plot)
What steps does the main character take to solve the problems? (plot)
How does the main character finally solve the problems? (solution)
How does the book end? (solution)
What lesson did you learn from this story? (theme)
What is your opinion about this story? (response)
8) Teach the children the literary term: Alliteration. Ask the children to list the examples of alliteration in the story. (Alliteration is the repetition of the consonants at the beginnings of several related words: Wacky Witch War)
9) Higher order comprehension questions:
How does Wendy know that her father is getting angrier at the end of the first three days of school?
Why is Wendy's father getting so angry?
How do you know that Miss Crispus is possibly a witch before she actually says that she is one? (Viewing)
How does Wendy know what her father or Miss Crispus has done with his/her spell?
Why did Wendy want her father to meet Miss Crispus?
Why do you think that Wendy's father and Miss Crispus fall in love? Would they have fallen in love without the magic spell?
What do you happened to Wendy's real mother?
Possible vocabulary words:
wacky wonderous cauldron concoctions pleaded scowl hocus pocus brewing approve reptiles extinct tantrum dismissed apologized staggered fumes menacing bulging sincere regret
Follow-up: Ask the children to invent the script for their own original “spells”. They must also write a paragraph explaining the “spell” and describing its projected effect. They will be required to illustrate their project with pictures and images from the internet. (Suggested searches can be found on child-friendly sites such as kidsclick.org or yahooligans.com) These projects will be displayed on the bulletin board.
The Story Parts Map
Goal of Main Character:
Problems of the Main Character:
Steps and events that lead to the solution:
The conclusion or resolution was:
The lesson learned:
My personal reaction: