The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
by Don and Audrey Wood
- Who are the characters?
- Who is telling the story? The mouse? The author? The bear? A narrator? Someone else?
- The story is told in what point of view?
- What is the plot? What happened? Where?
- Beginning - found red ripe strawberry and worried the Bear will come
- Middle - picked, guarded
- End - shared
- Where is the bear?
- What is the theme?
- What are some characteristics of the author's style? Use of words such as - especially, Boom Boom!!, Sniff! Sniff! Sniff!, guarding, disguised, Yum! strawberry mouse.
- How does the author use inference and suspense in the story?
Goals and outcomes
- Read the story aloud together to enjoy a piece of quality literature.
- Discuss the interesting parts of the story.
- Casually probe to see what the readers and listeners know about story elements (characters, setting, plot, point of view, theme, style, tone)
- Suggest story elements can be used as a way to guide how a person thinks about stories.
- If students haven't commented on the absence of the Bear, ask them if they think the bear is really a character. Ask them to support their answers with reasons why they think what they do. Comment about their ideas being inferences and several are possible.
- Ask about the point of view. Who is telling the story and to whom? Could be to the reader, or to another mouse? Are these inferences?
- Flip through the book together and find words and phrases that students think are interesting and share them. Ask students if there are some commonalities with what they selected. Do the commonalities create a style? How would they describe that style?
- What is theme? What might the mouse say that sort of summarizes the thinking and decision made in the story?
Dr. Robert Sweetland's Notes ©