Reading Stone Soup
In this lesson, students will listen to the folktale Stone Soup. To introduce the lesson, build background knowledge with a discussion of helping to cook at home. Students may share experiences that they have had with helping cook at home, then guide the discussion to the more specific topic of making soup. "How many of you have helped your mom or dad make soup at home? What kind did you make? What were your ingredients?"
Once prior knowledge has been established, lead the students in a Picture Walk of Stone Soup to preview the story. Starting on the cover, introduce genre and story elements such as character and setting. Proceeding from the front to the back, point to the pictures as you explains the events in the plot, asking higher-order thinking questions such as "Why do you think the woman added her vegetables to the soup? How do you think she feels about sharing her food? How did the soup change?" Preview any unfamiliar vocabulary and language to teach students language learning strategies.
Read and map the story, using a graphic organizer such as a Venn Diagram. Using questions to guide the discussion, incorporate critical thinking strategies, such as making comparisons, cause and effect, forming opinions, drawing conclusions, speculating, analyzing characters, point of view, steps in a process, and responding to literature.