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The Rocket (a short story)

by Ray Bradbury

Day 3, Morning Session

Soaring Into Space: A Magic Dream

TH.Pr6.1.5: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work. 

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists share and present stories, ideas, and envisioned worlds to explore the human experience.

5th grade:  Present drama/theatre work informally to an audience.

LAFS.5.RL.1.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


LAFS.5.RF.4.4: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

LAFS.5.SL.2.5:  Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Focus Standards

Essential Question: How can we build our dreams?

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Building Community

The morning began with a visit to the Inquiry Wall and Micro-Storytelling to build community.

Design Challenge: A Radio Show

The Radio Show - Building a Rocket.

In groups, participants worked together to build a live radio show using a portion of the text and sound effects with found objects.  After rehearsing, they recorded their shows and played for the room.

They viewed a segment of the video, Old Time Radio Sound Effects, to get primed for the activity.

Entering Text: reader's Theater

In groups of five, with a portion of the text, The Rocket, participants prepared a reader's theater performance. See the scripts HERE.  

Why do we build experiences around text? The literacy benefits include: gives meaning,  purpose, perspective and context to the text; helps with inferencing, fluency and automaticity.

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"I was surprised by how much we covered.  One week is not all that long but we covered more information than I received in a semester of a college teaching course." - Teacher Comment

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