Students in Thomas Martin’s fourth grade classroom at Lilesville Elementary School recently read the novel, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, using the close reading strategy. The close reading of a text involves investigating a short piece of text and reading it multiple times over multiple instructional lessons. Using text-based questions and discussion, students are guided to analyze and appreciate key vocabulary, imagery and the discovery of different levels of meaning as passages are read multiple times. Extended lessons and activities supporting the reading were conducted with the students using iPads.
To provide some fun and challenge the students’ creativity, Martin asked the students to write a proposal and design a new room for Willy Wonka’s Factory. Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen was selected to judge the students’ projects using a special rubric which graded the written proposal and the originality and physical ingenuity of the room. Amanda Teal won first place and Jason Helms was the runner-up.
All of the students had a great time creating their projects at home with the help of their families and friends, and presenting them to Allen. (Rumor has it that a few pieces of candy were ingested during the creation of the students’ projects.)