WHEN WE WERE ALONE activities and lesson plan ideas
This WHEN WE WERE ALONE Activities and Interactive Read Aloud Resource Book Companion Packet includes lesson plans, reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, grammar, phonics, writing and word study activities with both printable and digital student pages.
Following an interactive read aloud of the picture book, WHEN WE WERE ALONE by David A. Robertson, choose from the included collection of either printable activities or go paperless and use the digital activities to practice standards-based skills. We've even included editable teaching slides themed to match the book!
THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:
☐ AUTHOR'S PURPOSE
☐ CAUSE AND EFFECT
☐ COMPARING AND CONTRASTING
☐ POINT OF VIEW
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ COMPOUND WORDS
☐ MULTIPLE MEANING WORDS
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
David A. Robertson’s book, When We Were Alone, is a story about a young girl helping her grandmother in the garden. The young girl is observing her grandmother and asks many questions about why she does certain things.
The young girl, referred to as Nósisim, wonders why her grandmother wears such colorful clothes and has such long hair. Her grandmother explains that when she was young, she went to a school far away from her community. At the school, they wanted everyone to look the same so children had to wear the same clothes and cut their hair short.
When she hears her grandmother speaking Cree, the girl asks why she always speaks that language. The girl learns that in school, her grandmother was not allowed to speak her native language, she had to speak the school’s language which she did not understand. Finally, the girl wonders why her grandmother spends so much time with her brother. The grandmother explains in school she was not allowed to spend time with family. Now that her grandmother can make these decisions for herself, she enjoys wearing bright colors, having long hair, speaking Cree, and spending time with family.
When We Were Young explores Native American history and demonstrates the importance of family and individuality.
THIS COLLECTION OF ACTIVITIES and LESSON IDEAS INCLUDES:
➜ Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
➜ Social Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
➜ Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
➜ Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
➜ Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
➜ Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space
➜ Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution
➜ Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book
➜ Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)
➜ Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration
➜ Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
➜ Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally
➜ Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram
➜ Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another
➜ Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence
➜ Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections
➜ Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board
➜ 2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End
➜ 2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping
➜ 2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
➜ 30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:
- persuasive / opinion
- expository / informative
- creative / story writing
- procedure / how-to
- list making
- letter / postcard writing
- book reviews
INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:
➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)
➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables