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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Guided Reading Plan: Be a Perfect Person in just Three Days


 


 

Comprehension Focus:

  • Character motivation and change
  • Character Perspective/Point of View

Guided Reading Texts

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, by Stephen Manes


 


 

Guided Reading and Independent Practice: (15-20 minutes)


AIM- SWBAT identify characters' motivations; SWBAT explain how and why characters change in the story; SWBAT identify and explain different characters' perspectives; (SWBAT increase reading stamina)


 

What is the big idea (of the chapter)?

Chapter 1: Sometimes you don't know what you want until it hits you on the head. There is always something that you wish were different and some people may know how to help you, but you should be skeptical of such claims.

Chapter 2: Sometimes getting what you want means that you have to do things that you didn't expect.

Chapter 3: Having to go through an embarrassing situation can change your perspective on some things.

Chapter 4: We may not all agree on what perfection is, but by doing challenging things we can grow and change and be more comfortable with who we are.

Chapter 5: Getting what you want can require doing difficult things, things that you may not be successful with.

Chapter 6: Being a "good" person is more important than perfection. Life is more interesting because we make mistakes.


 

STEP Bottom Lines

STEP 9

Apply word-solving strategies to complex multisyllable words flexibly. Trace characters across multiple episodes, elaborating own understanding as the story progresses. Relate earlier and later parts of a text, figuring out how they make sense together. Connect general themes among books, discussing some similarities and differences. Retell stories using some synthesis and interpretation of events—going beyond factual recall and sequencing.

STEP 10

Identify pertinent information in a text when searching for answers. Connect different parts of a text to build understanding of overall meaning. Use context clues to figure out meaning of words and ideas. Acquire information and explore ideas of personal interest through nonfiction books. Question another speaker about facts or inference, referring to the text.


 

Teach about reading:

Character perspective: how a character understands and feels about a given situation or event

Point of view: how a character understands a situation because of his or her particular role in it or view of it

Character motivation: What causes a character to act and feel a certain way

Character change: How a character's feelings and subsequent actions change over the course of a story

Character motivation: what causes a character to act or feel the way that he or she does

Text Preview

Words to give-

Words specific to this text- Concepts- Text features-

How do you chunk the text? Where do you need to guide?

  • By chapter

During reading

  
  
  
  
  
  

Chapter 1

Introduction:

Have you ever wanted to be able to do something better? What was that? Why did you want to be better at that? In this story a boy named Milo accidently finds a book. The book says that it can teach him how to be "perfect" in exactly three days. Let's to find out what Milo thinks about the book that can teach him to be perfect. As you read, you will notice that you are reading parts of Milo's book, too. You should be paying attention to why Milo is reading the book. You should also be thinking about why Dr. Silverfish wrote the book about being perfect in the first place. This is called paying attention to different characters' perspectives, or points of view.

Factual Q:

What was Milo looking for in the library?

What kinds of accidents does Milo have?

Inference Q (at least two):

Why do you think Milo was so interested in the book that fell? Why did he decide to read it? What does that tell you about Milo?

What does Milo think about the author's picture? What does that tell you about Milo?

Why does Milo want to be perfect?

When Milo read the warning in chapter three of Dr. Silverfish's book, why do you think he did what he did? What would you have done?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

What do you think perfect looks like? What does Milo think perfect looks like? What makes you think that?

What is perfect, anyway? Is there such a thing as perfect? Share your point of view.

Why do you think Dr. Silverfish wrote the book wrote the book so that his readers could have a second chance?

Do you think being perfect will change the way people think about Milo? Why? How?

How do Stacy Chimelli and Milo think differently about perfection?

How do Stacy Chimelli and Dr. Silverfish think differently about perfection?

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

We spent a lot of time discussing Milo's perspective, or point of view. We also discussed our own points of view and the points of view of some of the people in Milo's life. Good readers pay attention to the different points of view in a text.


 

Chapter 2

Introduction:

Have you ever started to do something that you weren't totally sure of? In this chapter Milo begins to follow Dr. Silverfish's directions for becoming perfect. You are also going to read a passage from a philosopher named Socrates. Let's read to find out how Socrates and Milo think differently about perfection.

Factual Q:

What is Milo supposed to do on day one?

In Milo's dream how is he treating other people?

Inference Q (at least two):

Why does Milo say that he could throw out all of his erasers if he were perfect?

Why does Milo think that the doctor might be smirking at him? What does he worry that the doctor is up to?

What would his family have thought if he had actually had to ask for a broccoli stalk? Why would they have thought that?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

Is there anything strange about Dr. Silverfish's biography?

Do you think Milo really cares about who Dr. Silverfish is? Why or why not?

Do you think that being perfect has anything to do with how you treat others? What advice would you have for Milo at the end of this chapter if he is really concerned about being perfect?

What would Socrates say about how Milo is treating others?

How do Socrates and Milo think differently about perfection?

How do Socrates and Dr. Silverfish think differently about perfection?

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

We're learning that Milo has some pretty simple ideas about being perfect. He seems to think that being perfect is a matter of everything being easier for him. As we continue reading next week, let's be sure to pay attention to what other people think about being perfect.


 


 

Chapter 3

Introduction:

Have you ever been embarrassed about something that you had to wear? In this chapter, as part of his perfection transformation, Milo has to wear something that is kind of embarrassing. As you read, pay attention to how Milo feels about his embarrassing situation and also what others think of it. Also, let's pay careful attention to how the perfection project is shaping up.

Factual Q:

What things did Milo do at the beginning of the chapter that he didn't think was perfect?

Why was gym class the hardest part of day?

Inference Q (at least two):

If Milo wants to be perfect, and he knows that some things aren't perfect when he is doing them, why does he do them anyway?

Why did Milo's sister laugh so hard?

Is Milo telling the truth? Do you think he should tell the truth? Why?

Why is George suspicious of Milo?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

Why does Milo tell his family that the broccoli is for a school play?

Is the broccoli beginning to work? Is Milo becoming perfect? What makes you think that? What is Milo doing that seems more perfect than before?

How has Milo changed from the beginning to the end of the chapter? How is this change related to the broccoli?

How do Descartes and Milo think differently about perfection?

How do Descartes and Dr. Silverfish think differently about perfection?

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

It looks like Milo is definitely changing a little bit. I wonder why he is changing. Could it be the broccoli? Could he be becoming perfect? At this point it's hard to say, especially since we're not sure if there is really such a thing as perfect.


 

Chapter 4

Introduction:

In this chapter Milo has his toughest challenges yet on the road to being perfect. One thing that Milo experiences is that it feels like time is going by so slowly. Have you ever experienced that feeling where it feels like time is passing very slowly? Why does that happen? When it is happening why doesn't everyone experience it at the same time? As you read today let's continue to notice different points of view. We are also going to continue our discussion about what it means to be perfect.

Factual Q:

What did Dr, Silverfish ask Milo to do with the broccoli? How did he ask him to do that?

What are "aromas"?

Inference Q (at least two):

What was the point in wearing the broccoli? What do you think about that?

Why do you think that Dr. Silverfish says not to eat for 24 hours?

Why did Elissa ask Milo to "say his lines"? What does Elissa think of Milo's lines? What does Milo think about his sister?

Why did the kids at school call him those names?

What do Milo's parents think about him not eating?

Why is time moving so slowly for Milo?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

How does humility help you to become perfect?

Why doesn't Milo want his dad to tell his mom and sister that he is trying to be perfect?

What does Milo's dad think about Dr. Silverfish's book?

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

So, Milo is getting closer and closer to what Dr. Silverfish says is perfection. Even if we don't agree with Milo and Dr. Silverfish about what perfection is, at least we can notice that Milo is changing. By following the recommendations in Dr. Silverfish's book Milo is experiencing a change in the way he thinks about things. I wonder if that was the whole point all along…


 

Chapter 5

Introduction:

Have you ever had a daydream? What's the difference between daydreams and regular dreams? In this chapter, Milo is given another difficult task on the way to perfection. This one is really hard. Let's read to find out what Milo is supposed to do and whether or not he can do it. As you read, pay attention to what he thinks about being perfect, and also be thinking about what other people in Milo's life think about what he is doing.

Factual Q:

According to Dr. Silverfish, how often do perfect people eat?

What is will power?

Inference Q (at least two):

What lesson was Milo supposed to have learned by not eating for 24 hours? Did it work?

Why was Milo reminded of the old Indian custom?

Who are all of the people that Milo saw around him? How did they get there? Who did he think they were?

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

What does Milo's dad think about the perfection project? Why do you think he supports Milo being perfect, but doesn't want to be perfect himself?

Do you think you could "do nothing" for 24 hours?

Why does Milo say that he "failed" at being perfect?

What would his father think about his "failure"?

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

In this chapter there were two different character perspectives that were discussed. One was Milo's and one was his father's. Both Milo and his father are in favor of Milo trying to be perfect, but they think about it differently: Milo is actually try to become perfect, and his father is just being supportive; he is not interested in being perfect.


 

Chapter 6

Introduction:

After reading about Milo, and after reading what some other people have to say about being perfect, how have your feelings about being perfect changed? What do you think it means to be a "good" person? What is the difference between being "good" and being "perfect"? In this chapter, Dr. Silverfish, and Milo too, write and think about the difference between being "good" and being "perfect". As you read, be thinking about what you think the difference is and which you think is more important.

Factual Q:

Did Milo succeed in becoming perfect?

Inference Q (at least two):

Why was Milo "shattered"?

Why does Milo keep thinking about people in an auditorium?

What do you think Dr. Silverfish's book, Make Four Billion Dollars by Next Thursday, will say about being a billionaire?

Why didn't Milo say a word to his classmate with the broccoli.

Critical Thinking Q (at least two):

What does Dr. Silverfish say that "perfect" is?

What lesson is Dr. Silverfish trying to teach his readers?

According to Dr. Silverfish, what is more important, being a "good" person or being "perfect"?

What is the difference between a "good" person and a "perfect" person is?

Which do you think is more important, being "good" or being "perfect"?

Why does Dr. Silverfish write: "You are obviously a slow learner"?

Teacher Wrap Up (What is the deep understanding students will leave with?)

So, Milo didn't end up becoming perfect. But, as it turns out, he and Dr. Silverfish think that perfection is boring anyway and that being good is more important. We have read what quite a few different people think and thought about hat perfect is. We could have also read about what other people think "good" is. This is called point-of-view. When we read and talk about what others think, we are paying attention to their point-of-view. By paying attention to others' points of view, we can learn a lot. Good readers are always paying attention to others' point-of-view.

(Independent)


 


 

Name: ____________________ Date: ____________

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, chapter 1


 

1. What was Milo looking for in the library? Did he find it?

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2. What does Milo think about the author's picture? What does that tell us about Milo?

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3. Does Milo want to be perfect? Why or why not?

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4. What does Milo think his sister will say when he is perfect? D you think he's right? Why or why not?

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5. What does it mean to be perfect?

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6. Do you want to be perfect? Why or why not?

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7. Draw a picture of "perfect."


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Name: ____________________ Date: ____________

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, chapter 1


 

Part 1

Directions: Reread chapter 1, one time. Then, answer the question below.


 

Did you reread chapter1? ___________


 

Part 2

Directions: Read the passage below by Stacey Chillemi. Then, answer the questions below. You will need to use the passage and your book to answer the questions.


 


 

What is Perfection?
by Stacey Chillemi (altered for first grade)

As much as we want everything in our lives to be perfect, perfection does not exist. My definition of perfection is trying your best each day. If you're not satisfied, then I would tell you there is no point in getting upset because perfection does not exist. I would tell you to try harder next time and keep trying until you are satisfied with your accomplishments. But don't stress yourself by trying too hard because perfection does not exist. You know you have reached human perfection when your heart tells you so. You'll feel a sense of pride travel throughout your soul.


 

1. Does Stacey Chillemi believe in perfection? What does she say perfection is?

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2. What would Stacey Chillemi say about Dr. Silverfish's book? Why do you think that?

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3. What would Milo think about Stacy Chillemi's article? What makes you think that?

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4. How did the Stacey Chillemi passage change how you feel about perfection?

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Name: ____________________ Date: ____________

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, chapter 2


 

1. In Milo's dream how is he treating other people?

____________________________________________________________________________


 


 


Socrates

469BC-399BC


 

Socrates was a philosopher in Ancient Greece. He never wrote anything down, but he sure talked a lot. This is what Socrates said about being perfect:


 

The perfect human being is all human beings put together, it is a collective, it is all of us together that make perfection.
(Note: Socrates does not mean that all human beings need to be stuck together to be perfect.)


 


 

2. If Socrates is right when he says that the perfect human being is all human beings put together, can anybody be perfect all by themselves?

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3. What would Socrates say about Dr. Siverfish's book? What makes you think that?

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4. How do Milo and Socrates think differently about being perfect?

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5. Do you agree with Socrates? Why or why not?

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6. At the end of the chapter what would Socrates say to Milo?

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Name: ____________________ Date: ____________

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, chapter 3


 

1. What does Milo do at the end of the chapter that makes him think he is becoming perfect?

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2. Why is George suspicious of Milo?

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Rene Descartes

1596-1650


 

In 1641 a French Philosopher named Rene Descartes wrote a very important text called Meditations on First Philosophy, or The Meditations, for short. Mr. Descartes had some interesting things to say about perfection.


 

Descartes said that we cannot trust our senses, because they are imperfect and might not always tell us the truth. He also said that we cannot trust our intuition, or our thoughts about things, because our minds may be "imperfect or confused." Descartes said that the only thing that can be totally perfect is God. Since human beings aren't God, that means we can't be totally perfect. In fact, Descartes says we are imperfect. We can't even trust our imperfect senses or our imperfect thoughts.

3. What is different about how Milo and Descartes think about perfection?

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4. What advice would Descartes have for Milo?

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5. What would Descartes say about Dr. Silverfish's book?

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6. Have your feelings about perfection changed at all? What do you think it means to be perfect?

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Name: ____________________ Date: ____________

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, chapter 4

1. How has Milo changed from when he first started to read Dr. Silverfish's book?

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2. What was the point in wearing the broccoli? What do you think about that?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Why doesn't Milo want his dad to tell his mom and sister that he is trying to be perfect? What makes you think that?

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I looked up how to be perfect on the internet, and this one of the things I found:


 


 

Perfect is Imperfect (from ehow.com)

There is no universal definition of perfect. What perfect is to you might not be what perfect is to another. Perhaps your "perfect" is a small cottage on the lake, but another's "perfect" is a mansion in Beverly Hills. The way you achieve this "perfect" is not by actually becoming "perfect," but how you feel on your journey to obtain it. Perfect should feel good, it should provide you with a sense of satisfaction. If you find that you are only beating yourself up about every mistake, then "perfect" isn't worth it.

1. In your own words, summarize what this article says perfection is.

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2. Do you agree with the author of this article? Why or why not?

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Name: ____________________ Date: ____________

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, chapter 5

1. What does Milo think it will be like when he is perfect? Do you agree? Why or why not? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. Would you do all of things that Milo is doing if you could be perfect? Why or why not?

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3. Do you think that Milo is correct to think that? Why or why not?

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4. What does Milo's dad think about being perfect?

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5. Why does Milo's dad decide to help Milo?

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6. Why does Milo say that he "failed"?

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Name: ____________________ Date: ____________

Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!, chapter 6

1. According to Dr. Silverfish, what is more important, being a "good" person or being "perfect"? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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2. What do you think the difference between a "good" person and a "perfect" person is?

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3. How do you think Milo felt when he first read that Dr. Silverfish says that perfect is boring?

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4. What lesson do you think Dr. Silverfish is trying to teach his readers?

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5. After all that we've read about being perfect, do wish that you were perfect? Why or why not?

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