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Alex Haley Teacher Resources
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Help your class see the connection between events in Alex Haley's story "My Furthest-Back Person" with this awesome graphic organizer. Individuals write a brief description of 10 major plot events in a series of boxes. The first and last plot points are provided and should ultimately be connected through the events filled into the other boxes. The layout of this worksheet, as well as the activity itself is well-designed to show how one event causes another in fictional story.
Based on Alex Haley's moving essay "My Furthest Back Person: The African," these 11 questions support comprehension and prepare readers for discussion of the text. Use this tool, and the essay, as a nonfiction addition to units on slavery, African-American studies, autobiography, or family trees. Your class could conduct genealogical research and report about it using the essay for inspiration.
Students, after reading and discussing, "Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir," by Doris Kearns and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley," by Alex Haley, examine how an author writes a personal narrative as they dive into the soul of another's life. They assess how everyday events can serve as powerful writing topics.
Assess your learners on their understanding of the most basic English language conventions: punctuation and capitalization. There are 20 sentences provided, and the learner must edit each to ensure there are no mistakes. If no capitalization or punctuation errors are present, they simply write the letter C in the space provided to indicate that it's already correct.
Are you working on an autobiographical or narrative writing unit? Bring this lesson to your class, as it takes young writers through the process of drafting and sequencing an autobiography. After observing and demonstrating steps of the writing process, they read and discuss examples of poetry, and write a letter to themselves. Additional activities include reading a passage from a memoir, creating a friendship graffiti wall, and writing about an adventure.
Need a way of tracking readers’ progress through and understanding of out of class reading? Use the list of literature response activities and literature response questions provided with this resource. Also included are templates for a story plot flow chart and a character map graphic organizer. The materials provided could be used with any work of literature.
What a great way to incorporate current social trends and a historical research project. The class completes to win the title of "American History Idol." They each choose a historical figure from a list of 100, research, evaluate informational text resources, and create a skit they will perform for the class. Each skit will be voted on and the winner receives an "American Historical Idol" t-shirt. Sounds like a blast.
After reading and analyzing two narrative memoirs, middle schoolers engage in a variety of activities, including writing an essay, developing a story map, and creating character charts. They then compare and contrast story maps, and match character descriptions with the characters. The lesson is designed for adult education, but could easily work for writers of any grade level or age.