The Summer My Father Was Ten Resource Set

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The Summer My Father Was Ten by Pat Brisson

Every year, a young girl and her father plant a garden, and every year, the father tells his daughter the same story about his childhood neighbor’s garden. The summer the father turned 10, he and his friends got caught up in a moment of poor judgement and destroyed the neighbor’s vegetables. This wonderful story is full of important lessons about cause and effect, responsibility and how to make amends. It is also an excellent resource for working with advanced readers on visualizing, making inferences and synthesizing.

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Common Core Alignment
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 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 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Synthesizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Visualizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Word Work: RF.4.3 RF.4.4
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    The Summer My Father Was Ten Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with The Summer My Father Was Ten

    This is an ideal text and lesson plan for advanced readers who need additional practice identifying the author’s purpose to enhance their comprehension of a text. In this book, the author reveals more than one message. The first message about integrity is tied to the theme of the book, while other messages can be recognized through character development, cause and effect, and problem and solution.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Making Inferences with The Summer My Father Was Ten

    The story-within-a-story format of this book provides high-level readers with effective practice making inferences. Students will identify clues that help them make inferences about the emotional consequences that occur when the young boys destroy the neighbor’s garden. Students will also infer how the father and his daughter react to the coming-of-age story in the present day.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Synthesizing with The Summer My Father Was Ten

    The Summer My Father Was Ten is a sophisticated text that can be used to challenge advanced readers. The story-within-a-story text structure introduces readers to multiple characters who represent past and present. There are also many different emotions and messages to pick up on. Students will need to demonstrate their ability to apply different comprehension strategies throughout this text in order to fully comprehend its meaning.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Visualizing with The Summer My Father Was Ten

    In The Summer My Father Was Ten, a father teaches his young daughter a meaningful lesson from his childhood. The descriptive language used by the father in his story will support your students as they practice creating images of the action sequences in their minds.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    The Summer My Father Was Ten 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 Summer My Father Was Ten Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Summer My Father Was Ten. 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 Summer My Father Was Ten Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Summer My Father Was Ten.

    The Summer My Father Was Ten Word Work - Syllable Patterns

    The Summer My Father Was Ten is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about syllable patterns. Either download The Summer My Father Was Ten 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

    The Summer My Father Was Ten Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of The Summer My Father Was Ten 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

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