For this self study task I have worked in a pair with Kirsty Reason.
We chose 'Tortoise vs Hare The Rematch' by Preston Rutt
The language is lively and engaging "most exciting race of the year!" The narrator (Jonny Fox) tells the story as a running commentary which is akin to the sorts of commentary children may have heard on the television. If they havent, it is not a huge stretch in imagination to pretend.
The illustrations (by Ben Redlich) depict each stage of the sory (race) which allows the children to follow along with the events, and sometimes adds more to the story than just the text. From our experiences in schools so far (and from Kate's seminars), we understand that children often seek meaning from pictures in stories; as this is an important reading strategy at the early level, this text provides a great amount of potential 'talk' to gain understanding and comprehension.
Some phrases are repeated throughout the story, which can be a fantastic way for the children to join in, especially during shared reading (for example: on monday.... on tuesday... on wednesday... etc). Other phrases, mainly descriptive, are printed in a larger/bolder typeface, suggesting to the children to place emphasis etc, and often have a rhyming pattern (raced, chased, swam and ran.)
LI: to understand the importance of fairness.
(A) After reading the story as a shared read, sort pictures (without text) into the order the children think they should go. Encourage children to explain what they think is happening in each picture (aim is not to gain 'correct order' but to encourage talk about the pictures)
(B) Re-read the story as a class. How does the story make you feel? Which character to you like/dislike and why? Who do you think should have won the race, and why? Divide class into teams, Team Hare and Team Tortoise. Explain to the race officials (two or three children) why you think you should have won the race and have a rematch (tortoise) vs why the correct result happened
(C) Think Pair Share: Explain to your partner an experience you have had when something was fair/unfair. Share your ideas with another pair, and then feedback to the whole class. Teacher records vocab. Using a mixture of pictures and captions, create a comic style story of this experience. If teams wish to draw only pictures and then narrate what is happening, this is fine. After all stories have been heard, discuss further the importance of fairness.