DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
read alouds with Delaney Earley.
Consistency is Key
WITS has always understood that consistency is key when it comes to empowering readers. WITS staff, mentors, and students show up every week to share in the joy of reading. While we may not be able to read in person together, WITS is here to continue to provide the joy of reading to anyone who needs it. We’ll be posting a new video every Friday between 1pm and 2pm featuring a read aloud of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by our very own Delaney Earley. Each video will cover a different section of the book accompanied by a different literacy activity aligned with that section. We hope these read alouds are fun, funny, and entertaining for everyone!
This week we will be reading pages 1-35 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Before we get started, take a look at the Reading Guide linked at the top of the page. We’ll be moving through this organizer section by section, as we read through the book. Of course, completing the guide isn’t required, but it will help you remember what’s going on in the story week to week!
Today, we will focus on our first activity—identifying characters! As I read, be sure to list any characters that are mentioned in the story. Put a star next to the main character or characters (that’s who the book is primarily about) and a checkmark next to supporting characters (they interact with your main character, but aren’t the central focus). Characters drive the action of a story, so it’s very important to understand who is involved in the plot as you begin reading!
This week we will be reading pages 36-74 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Today, we will focus on our second activity—identifying settings! As I read, I’d like you to think about the settings we visit in this book. The setting is when and where the story takes place. Remember, a novel may include multiple settings, so think about where we’ve been so far, and where we might visit in our reading today.
This week we will be reading pages 74-89 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Today, we will focus on our third activity—building vocabulary! As I read, I’d like you to jot down 5 new or unfamiliar words, and search for their definitions by clicking on this link. Learning new words and phrases is one of the most exciting parts of reading! If you’re struggling to find any new words in this video, you can always revisit earlier parts of the story in our Week 1 or Week 2 videos.
Week FOURMaking Connections
This week we will be reading pages 90-141 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Today, we will focus on our fourth activity—making connections! As I read, I’d like you to practice this skill. You have space in your Reading Guide to make a Text to Self connection (connecting the story to your own life experiences), a Text to Text connection (connecting the characters, setting, or events from one story to another), and a Text to World connection (connecting the story to real-world events, your school, or community). This is a great skill to practice, as it helps make the story more personally meaningful!
This week we will be reading pages 142-179 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Today, we will focus on our fifth activity—visualization! As I read, I invite you to exercise your creativity! You can choose your two favorite scenes (either from our section today, or from previous weeks) and draw them on your Reading Guide. If you’re not a fan of drawing, don’t worry! You can always write a few descriptive sentences of your favorite scenes, using lots of adjectives to paint a picture with your words.
This week we will be finishing Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, reading pages 180-217! Today, we will focus on our final activity—summarization! The last section of our Reading Guide gives you space to summarize the book in 3 sentences. Remember, when giving a summary, only include the most important, essential details to the story. When you’re done with your summary, you have a big decision to make! Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? Think about how the book made you feel, and if you enjoyed it overall.