Step 1: Read the story, The Giving Tree, aloud to the group. Ask students to watch how the tree changes throughout the story.
Step 2: After each new item that the boy asks for in the story, ask students to identify how the lines of the tree change. Then, have them look at how the text is written. How does the author use lines in the words of the story to communicate the tree’s changes?
Step 3: Give each student 3 pieces of paper and a pencil. Ask students to think about what they would ask from the Giving Tree. On the first piece of paper, write down or draw what they would ask for. On the second piece of paper, have students practice drawing the Giving Tree with at least two types of lines that would communicate how the tree would change with the student’s request.
Step 4: On the last paper, students will create their own Giving Tree page that contains their request and the tree’s response, using lines in the text and the drawing.