Mirette on the High Wire Resource Set

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Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Picture Paris one-hundred years ago; theaters and music halls were all the rage and young Mirette and her mother welcomed traveling performers from around the world to stay at their popular boardinghouse. One of these traveling vagabonds is a retired high-wire walker and Mirette is immediately drawn to him and his talent. The exciting story and detailed illustrations make this award-winning book an excellent choice for mini lessons focused on visualizing, making connections and predictions, synthesizing, and determining importance.

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Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Compound Words
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Predictions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Synthesizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Word Work: 3.2A(ii) 3.2A(iii) 3.2B(i) 3.2B(iii) 3.2B(iv)
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    Mirette on the High Wire Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Mirette on the High Wire

    Use this determining importance lesson plan to guide and support students as they sort through the details of the characters' actions and feelings to determine which ones are most important to understanding Emily Arnold McCully's Mirette on the High Wire.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Connections with Mirette on the Highwire

    As students read Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully, they will quickly connect with Mirette's desire to achieve her goal. This making connections mini lesson shows students how to improve their understanding of the story by relating it to things that they are already familiar with in their own lives, other stories, or the world in general.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Predictions with Mirette on the Highwire

    Using the familiar feelings of fear and courage, students will find it easy to make predictions about what might logically happen next to Mirette and Bellini in Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully. This focused mini lesson prompts students to make predictions and reflect on why their predictions make sense.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Synthesizing with Mirette on the Highwire

    In order for readers to deeply comprehend Emily Arnold McCully's Mirette on the High Wire, they will need to be able to analyze how Mirette and Bellini change over the course of the story. This synthesizing mini lesson shows students where to pause and think about the growth of these two characters.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Visualizing with Mirette on the Highwire

    Readers will use the rich language, exciting events, and real emotions included in Mirette on the High Wire to help them "see" the story in their mind. This visualizing mini lesson encourages improved understanding by paying close attention to the author’s words and illustrations.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3

    Mirette on the High Wire 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.

    Mirette on the High Wire Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Mirette on the High Wire. 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.

    Mirette on the High Wire Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Mirette on the High Wire.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Mirette on the High Wire Word Work - Compound Words

    Mirette on the High Wire is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about compound words. Either download the Mirette on the High Wire 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.2A(ii) 3.2A(iii) 3.2B(i) 3.2B(iii) 3.2B(iv)

    Mirette on the High Wire Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Mirette on the High Wire, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Mirette on the High Wire 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Mirette on the High Wire Resource Set.

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