We have been using Seed Folks as mentor text during our whole group reading block.
They tried the passage independently and then I modeled metacognition.
Most of them wrote down character traits (which is what we have previously worked on) but didn't write down supporting details for the task (how did the character interact with the garden).
So they tried it again independently, then shared their thoughts with a partner.
There were four different chapters, so I was able to make small groups for them to discuss their character. They then switched and repeated the process with another character.
We then compared and contrasted how two characters (in the same text) reacted similarly and differently to the same event, in this case, the garden. They did a pretty good job with it!
We also previewed the book beforehand and talked about how the organization of this text was different than say The Lightning Thief. In Seed Folks, each chapter is written from another character's perspective.
They did well with this concept of comparing how two characters react different to the same event. Next up, we are going to be comparing how characters in different texts respond to a similar event.