The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Resource Set

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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

Transport readers to 1974 when the twin towers of the World Trade Center were being constructed. Author Mordicai Gerstein tells the true story of Philippe Petit, a street performer who spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing tricks on a wire suspended between the towers. Philippe’s inspiring bravery and skill are a perfect backdrop for making connections, identifying the author’s purpose, asking questions, making inferences, and retelling the events that led up to Philippe Petit’s amazing act.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Irregular Past Tense Verbs
  • 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
  • Asking Questions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.3 RI.4.4 RI.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Connections: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Inferences: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2
  • Word Work: RF.4.3 RF.4.4
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • Asking Questions: 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6I 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 4.10A 4.10C 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Making Connections: 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Making Inferences: 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6F 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Retelling & Summarizing: 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Word Work: 4.2A(i)
  • Vocabulary: 4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
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    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

    Mordicai Gerstein's The Man Who Walked Between the Towers ignites curiosity that naturally leads to asking questions about Philippe, his bravery, and his motivation to perform such a dangerous act. This focused mini lesson encourages students to wonder about this amazing display of courage.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.3 RI.4.4 RI.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d W.4.8 W.4.9
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6I 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

    Inspire students to explore author Mordicai Gerstein's purpose for writing The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Readers will discover that this true story shares messages about bravery and persistence in addition to informing readers about the history of the World Trade Center before the events of 9/11.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.10A 4.10C 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Making Connections with The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

    Readers will connect with Philippe Petit in The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by recalling moments from their own lives when they felt brave, or tried to master a difficult task. Pair Mordicai Gerstein's text with this making connections mini lesson to improve student understanding through text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Making Inferences with The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

    Inferring how Philippe feels throughout The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein will enable readers to understand the story's importance more fully. This mini lesson prompts students to use their background knowledge and clues from the text and illustrations as a basis for their inferences.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6F 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

    Mordicai Gerstein’s The Man Who Walked Between the Towers includes true facts about what happened before, during, and after Philippe’s walk between the towers. Use this retelling and summarizing mini lesson to encourage readers to remember the important details of this historic event.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers 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.

    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. 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.

    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

    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 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Word Work - Irregular Past Tense Verbs

    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about irregular past tense verbs. Either download The Man Who Walked Between the Towers 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.4.3 RF.4.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.2A(i)

    The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Resource Set.

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