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Picture Story Book Of The Week – I’m Not Scared

Teacher review for “I’m Not Scared”.  These reviews are created to assist teachers with implementing and incorporating numerous reading strategies into everyday activities.  Each book review will include suggestions for class discussions on some, or all of the following reading strategies; Predicting, Making Connections, Main Idea, Summarizing, Inferring, Fact and Opinion, Word Meaning in Context, Visualizing, Recalling Facts and Details, Real and Make Believe, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, Author’s Purpose and Sequencing.  Use this review as a teaching tool to spark meaningful class discussion or create your own comprehension questions for group reading sessions or individual reading.  Check back every Sunday for a new review or click subscribe so that you never miss out!

Name: I’m Not Scared
Author: Dan Crisp
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
Pages: 32

Summary: I’m Not Scared tells a story of a cat who doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything at all.  But when there is a knock on his door, he realizes that perhaps he really does have some fears.  An entertaining story for students with excellent rhyming.

Reading strategies: **Note, to avoid confusion, pages start from the first text and image**
Front Cover
Predicting: What do you think the book might be about? Use the front cover and the heading to help you.
Pages 1 & 2
Inferring: Who do you think is telling the story? Use the picture to help you.
Pages 3 & 4
Author’s Purpose: Why do you think the author wrote “giants” in such big letters?
Pages 5 & 6
Figurative Language: Is the phrase “big as a bus” a simile, a metaphor or an idiom.  What two things are being compared?
Real and Make Believe: Are spiders and crocodiles real or make believe?
Pages 7 & 8
Real and Make Believe: Are witches, ghouls, ghosts and vampires real or make believe?
Pages 9 & 10
Word Meaning in Context: What do you think the words “moans and groans” mean? What clues can you use from the text?
Pages 11 & 12
Visualizing: Describe the ogre using your own words.  What does he look like? Create an image in your mind.
Pages 13 & 14
Recalling Facts and Details: What are some of the things that the cat isn’t afraid of?
Pages 15 & 16
Predicting: What do you think will happen to the cat?  What is the author building up to?
Pages 17 & 18
Connecting: Is there something that you are not afraid of but many other people are?
Fact and Opinion: Dragons are terrifying. Is this a fact or an opinion?
Pages 19 & 20
Connecting: Are dinosaurs really still around? Do you know what happened to them?

Predicting: What do you think is about to happen?
Pages 21 & 22
Cause and Effect: What caused the cat to go to the door?
Pages 23 & 24
Author’s Purpose: Why do you think the author only wrote the word “roar” on this page?
Pages 25 & 26
Author’s Purpose: Why do you think there are no words on this page?
Inferring: Can you infer how the cat is feeling? How do you know?
Pages 27 & 28
Visualizing: Explain the scene on these pages, what describing words can you use?

Final Discussion
Real and Make Believe: Which characters in this story are real? Which characters in this story are make believe?
Author’s Purpose: There are many words that are written larger than others in this story, why do you think the author has done this?
Main Idea: Can you explain this story in just one sentence?
Sequencing: List each of the creatures that the cat says he isn’t afraid of,  in the order that they come in the story.

Extra Activities
Fact and Opinion: Is it a fact or an opinion that the cat thinks he is brave? Do you think the cat is brave?
Making Connections: When is a time that you have felt very scared? What did you do? Have you ever pretended to be brave even when you were feeling scared?
Summarizing: Summarize this story in your own words in one of the following ways; 5 dots points (level 1), 5 simple sentences (level 2) or 5 sentences with descriptive language and conjunctions (level 3).

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