Lesson Title: Rikki-tikki-tavi
Curriculum Area: English Language Arts
Technology Strand: Uses technology but does not address a technology strand
Grade Level: 7
Essential Question: How are the characteristics of Nag and Nagaina alike and/or different?
A Activity Summary Students will be enhancing comprehension skills during this activity. They will activate prior knowledge skills by doing a two minute talk about cobras. After this is done, the class will listen to the story. While listening, the students will complete the Collaborative Listening and Viewing Guide. When the story is finished, students will have a chance to share important information about the cobras and complete part two of the Talking Drawing. They will then fill in a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting Nag to Nagaina.
C Curriculum English Language Arts
2.01 Respond to informational materials that are read, heard, and/or viewed by:
- summarizing information
- determining the importance of information
- making connections to related topics/information
- monitoring comprehension
- drawing inferences
-generating questions
T Technology Uses technology but does not address a technology strand
Activating Strategies
1. Teacher will instruct students to find their own partner and stand face to face.
2. Teacher will then instruct students to choose who will go first. (Example: The student's birthday who is closest to the date of the lesson will be partner #1.)
3. Inform students that they will each be talking about COBRAS for two minutes.
4. Using a stop watch or other timing device, tell students to begin talking.
5. After one minute, instruct students to switch. At this point, the other partner begins talking. It is okay for the second person to repeat some of the things the first person said. However, they are encouraged to try and think of new information to share.
6. Have a few groups share some of their responses with the entire class when the activity is done.
Technology Vocabulary:
Detailed Technology Instructions:
Cognitive Teaching Strategies
1. Print out a copy of the Collaborative Listening and Viewing Guide (CLVG.doc) below. Pass out a copy of the guide to each student.
2. Explain to students that while listening to and reading the story, Rikki-tikki-tavi, they will use the CLVG to take notes about the characters of Nag and Nagaina in the left hand column under the heading "My Notes."
3. Have students open up their literature books to the story Rikki-tikki-tavi. Students using the Glencoe series will find this story on page 789.
4. Put the compact disc found in the audio library resources for the Glencoe Book into the computer or boombox. The reading is found on disc 15 track 4. The approximate listening time is 40:24.
5. Teacher will monitor the classroom by circulating, modelling, and pausing the cd-rom at various sections to maintain focus and comprehension by discussing relevant information.
6. After the story has been read, allow students to get back into their pairs and share notes. Shared/partner notes should be written in the right-hand column of the CLVG. This allows students the opportunity to discuss the information they recorded and add to their notes by sharing with a partner.
Summary Strategies
1. After the story has been read and the CLVG has been discussed in partners, the teacher will hand out a Venn Diagram (Venn.doc) printed out from the file below. Students are to label the left circle Nag and the right circle Nagaina.
2. Students are to complete this sheet by adding information about both the appearance and behaviors of Nag and Nagaina in the circles. Shared characteristics will be listed within the intersection of the circles.
3. Hint: The teacher may want to model this procedure by completing a few examples before allowing students to fill out the Venn Diagram on their own or in pairs.
4. Allow students time to share diagrams in pairs or with the entire class.
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Re-teaching and Enrichment Activities
Students will continue to enhance comprehension with this story by generating QAR (Question-Answer-Relationships) questions.

The concept for this lesson plan was submitted by 
Marie  DiPresso
Welborn Middle, Data last modified: 3/13/2003