B. Read-aloud and Discussion: The Incredible Book-Eating Boy (15 minutes)
Note: Unlike the other read-alouds in this module, the Incredible Book-Eating Boy read-aloud is interactive. This is because students will not do a close read of this text. Therefore, students need time to think and talk during the read-aloud. Be sure that throughout, students get to do the thinking and talking: Ask a question, let them ponder, and then address any confusion or misconceptions.
- Display The Incredible Book-Eating Boy on the interactive white board or document camera.
- Invite the students to look at the illustrations as you flip through each page of the book. Have students Think-Pair-Share about what the message of the story might be. Ask a few students to share their predictions.
- Begin to read the text aloud to the students. Stop several times to ask questions and discuss what is happening in the story:
* Page 4: Point out the image of Henry eating books. Ask students: “What do you see?” Invite them to turn and talk. Then ask about connections they make between what Henry is doing and their own lives. Listen for comments about eating. Ask students: “Can eating a book really make you smarter?”
* Page 5: Linger on the word fierce. Ask students to try to figure out this word in context. Invite them to Think-Pair- Share. Guide students to understand that in this context, fierce means “incredibly rapid.”
* Page 7: Ask: “When I read that Henry’s belly gets full when he eats books, I make a connection to how eating food makes me full. What gets full when we read books?” Invite students to Think-Pair-Share. Students may need help understanding that Henry does not actually eat books; it is a metaphor for him being a voracious reader.
* Continue reading aloud, stopping periodically to emphasize key academic vocabulary or key phrases that will help students understand the main message. Be sure that throughout, students get to do the thinking and talking. Ask a question, let them ponder, and then address any confusion or misconceptions.
* Stop on page 10. Then discuss with the class: “How does Henry become a true reader?” Give students time to Think-Pair-Share. They should share that instead of eating the books, Henry reads the books and discovers he can still become the smartest person on earth.
- Invite the students to discuss what they learned about being a reader from The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Ask: “What reading superpower did Henry develop that you could use when you read?” Students should share that Henry learned reading a lot can make him smarter and that reading takes time.