Thank you to the educator who gave me this activity that can be used with the rBook, ReaL Book, System 44, and Universal books and selections. As with many teaching ideas we all use, sometimes we don’t know the origin of them. We just know they work!
This activity was a keeper because the students enjoyed learning, working, and sharing their stories on it all as they read their books and selections.
Time: One week. (I used this assignment in place of a student’s reading log for the week.)
Supplies: construction paper, pen/pencil, markers, scissors
1. Fold paper in half (as elementary teachers refer as a hot dog)
2. Cut four squares
3. On each square write one of the following:
C=CHARACTERS-Students list the characters and a description in their readings
A=ADJECTIVES-Students list the adjectives in their selections
S=SETTING-Students express the time and place of the reading
P=PROBLEM-Students write about the problem/conflict in the story
A=ACTION/PLOT- students answer what is happening in the story so far. (This activity can be completed at any point in a reading)
R=RESOLUTION & RATING-Students share the last part of their reading for that day and give the story a rating.
Students can share their CASPAR answers each day in Whole-Group and in Wrap Up. Classmates learn about different books, genres, and stories they would like to read. The more students share their books, the more peers become involved in their own reading life!
Philosophy of Teaching
All of my life, I have enjoyed working with children and have always desired to teach. It is my belief that no matter what socio-economic background, everyone deserves to achieve his/her educational goals. It is my ambition to facilitate this process.
Growing up in the Houston area, I have always been aware of the Cypress-Fairbanks School District. The district's reputation of excellence is well known, not only in the Houston metroplex, but throughout the state of Texas. As a professional educator, it is important to be associated with a school district whose goals for its students are aligned with my philosophy of teaching.