Use John Henry by Julius Lester to strengthen your students comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.
This word work lesson plan and set of teaching resources use John Henry by Julius Lester as a springboard for instruction focused on suffixes.
By anchoring word study to the text, students will benefit from seeing how words ending in -ed and -ing are used inside of the text before engaging in both guided and independent practice with suffixes.
This set of vocabulary development resources for John Henry highlights the words that are most important for students to know and understand while reading the book. Through engaging in fun word games, matching words to definitions and pictures, and practicing how to categorize words, students will develop the vocabulary necessary to comprehend this story and many others.
Use this Running Record to assess oral reading fluency with John Henry. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.