Saturday, July 7, 2012

Lighthouse Family: The Storm - Text Exemplar - Freebie

I love Cynthia Rylant and have several of her books, but I wasn't familiar with Lighthouse Family: The Storm. It's a great book to use as an introduction to chapter books. This freebie has a sheet for students to use for note taking on each chapter. When they have finished, they make a timeline on the story. This helps them see the progression of the plot from the beginning of the story to the last chapter. It also includes a sheet for a character study, including a section for using the illustrations to learn about the character. Students also determine the theme of the story and justify their thoughts.

Click on the pic above to get the file.
Don't forget to comment so I'll know how you use the text exemplars in your class.


  1. Hi Mary! Thanks for the freebie! Our second graders do a huge lighthouse unit! I can't wait to share it with the second grade team!

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  2. I haven't read this book, but it looks interesting for my kiddos in NC. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks great. I love the idea of a graphic organizer like this for the chapters and character etc. I'm going to be looking for this book - seems like a good one for my summer school program.



  4. I have one of the Lighthouse Family books - time to dig it out and see how I can use your files! Thanks for sharing them.
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  5. Thanks again for your hard work! I have a lot of new books to look for this summer! (Shhh...don't tell the hubby!) =)

  6. Oh, I love Cynthia Rylant and this whole series! Thanks for sharing these. They are wonderful!
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  7. I can't wait to use this with my 3rd graders. We study Michigan and lighthouses are a big part of our history. Thanks!

  8. Thank you for sharing. I will be using this with my guided reading group!