To introduce the signpost to my fifth graders, I began with the "Thank You, Ma'am" lesson in the book. I highly recommend purchasing the book and starting with this lesson, if you haven't. There are a lot of great ideas contained within the book itself that will be helpful to you as a teacher when teaching the signposts. Click the link above that will take you to my Amazon Affliate link to purchase the book.
During that introduction lesson, I created this anchor chart with the students. They wrote the information in their journals as I was writing on the poster. Having the kids write this down really helped them to begin to internalize the information.
We then did a lesson another day using the book Stellaluna (just like my friend Kathie at Tried and True Teaching Tools did) I read the book to the students and, again, they noted when the character acted in a way that contradicted with what they thought would happen. This was a bit more challenging this time, as the students wanted to list all of the things *they* thought were weird (ie: bats eating bugs) and not thinking about that being out of the ordinary for *that* character. We created the same t-chart as with the Presto movie to map out the contradicting character actions.
Now that the students were becoming more familiar with the ideas of what it means for a character to act out of the ordinary, I gave them a little foldable I created asking them to actually list out the instances in "Thank You, Ma'am" where the Contrasts and Contradictions moments occurred. (we only did it whole group and orally before) They worked in pairs to make note of the C/C in the short story.
So that about does it for Contrasts and Contradictions. I am on to the next signpost next week...and will bring you a new post when I have some new ideas to share :)