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  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.6 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.1.10 RI.2.1 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 RI.2.5 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
  • Martin’s Big Words Super Pack


    Martin’s Big Words is a picture-book biography that introduces early readers to the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and several other equal rights leaders. Using this book as an anchor, students will practice applying nearly every comprehension strategy while simultaneously learning about historically significant people and events.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Beginning Blends
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Asking Questions with Martin’s Big Words


    This book and lesson plans are excellent resources for showing students how asking questions can improve their comprehension of a story. Most children have never experienced segregation as it is described in this book. They will naturally have questions regarding this time in history and the key people presented in this text.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Martin’s Big Words


    Readers who are growing in their ability to identify broad themes and messages while reading will clearly recognize the problems with segregation outlined in this book. They will have the opportunity to discuss the importance of MLK’s and Rosa Park’s actions to the movement for equal rights for all citizens, using evidence from the text to support their understanding.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.6 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Making Inferences with Martin’s Big Words


    The complex themes in Martin’s Big Words make this book ideal for developing readers who are practicing making inferences. In order to deepen their understanding of the setting and how African Americans might have felt during this time in history, students will need to make strong connections to other literature and their own personal feelings about leadership, exclusion and the desire to have equal rights.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Retelling and Summarizing with Martin’s Big Words


    Martin’s Big Words is an ideal book for readers who need additional practice capturing and retelling accurate facts to improve comprehension. This biography format clearly outlines Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, career and death, and students will be able to identify the distinct sequence, problems and resolution.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.1.10 RI.2.1 RI.2.2 RI.2.4 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Synthesizing with Martin’s Big Words


    With simple language and beautiful artwork, Martin’s Big Words introduces early readers to a very important time in our country’s history as well as the people who influenced it most. Students will demonstrate their use of multiple strategies to derive full meaning about the setting, the problem and the people in this biography.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 RI.2.5 RI.2.6 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Martin’s Big Words Extension Activity


    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.
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    Martin’s Big Words Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Martin’s Big Words. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    Martin’s Big Words Word Work - Beginning Blends


    Martin’s Big Words is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about beginning blends. Either download the Martin’s Big Words Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    RF.2.3 RF.2.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    Martin’s Big Words Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Martin’s Big Words, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Martin’s Big Words Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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