When Charlie McButton Lost Power, written by Suzanne Collins & Mike Lester, is a picture book about a computer crazed character who loses power.
Story Elements Quick Review:
When reading this story, you are going to learn a lot about the main character, Charlie, in this story. Before reading the book, let's review a few story elements. Remember that STORY ELEMENTS are parts of stories. A CHARACTER is a person, an animal, or a thing that acts as if it is living in a story. Characters often talk or communicate. They have feelings and do things in a story. Characters' actions, or what they do during the story, affects the plot (You will review that story element below). The MAIN CHARACTER in a story is who the story is mostly about. Watch the two short videos below to better review what a character is.
The SETTING is when and where the story takes place. To figure out what the setting is, think about the place that the story is happening and the time that it is happening. Watch the video to the right to review more.
The last story element to review is Plot. PLOT includes all of the characters' actions and is what happens in the story. There are usually many events, or things that happen in a story. You should try to remember the order that they happen throughout the story. It often includes a problem and a solution. Think about what the main character's problem is and then follow along to see how the problem gets solved as you read a story.
while you are reading this book:
The author carefully uses words to describe what is happening in the story. We call this IMAGERY. As you read, think about how things look, how they might feel, and what they might look like if you were the main character.
Also notice how the author uses RHYMING WORDS to make this story more exciting to read.
Think about all of the CHARACTERS in this story. Can you identify the main character?
What is the SETTING in this story? Where and when does this story take place?
What actions to the characters do in this story that affect the PLOT? What is the main character's problem? How does this problem get solved? Can you retell the story events in order?
Here are two options for you to digitally access this book:
For this lesson, you only need to use ONE of the two options. However, you are more than welcome to read all of the options on your own time.
1. Read the book online using a PDF version:
NoClick on the image to the left to view the PDF in another tab, click on the link below to download your own version of the Book on PDF, or use the embedded version below through SCRIBD (note that this may not be available on all devices or browsers). The PDF version does NOT include options that will read the story aloud to you. You will need an adult to read with you.
1. Read along as the book is read to you in this video:
I have included two different video recordings of this story being read aloud for you to choose from. Both versions can be found below. The first video is part of Pearson School's Reading Street Literacy Program and the second video is shared by Little Readers. The second video includes the actual illustrations from the picture book version that you would find in the published print version of the picture book. You only need to read along to one of the following versions if you selected Option 2: to use video. However, you are more than welcome to watch both!
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