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Of Mice and Men: Chapters 5 & 6 Study Guide
Readers of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men are asked to track, as well as interpret, events and analyze characters’ actions in the last two chapters of the novel. The questions are sure to prompt rich discussion.
Working with "Thank You, Ma'am"
Utilize this easy-to-understand and effect activity to help students understand the character motivations of Roger and Mrs. Jones in Langston Hughes’ “Thank you M’am.” Readers analyze character details, dialogue, and conflicts to make their own conclusions as to why Roger does what he does in the end. Could also be used as group work, homework, or as a quiz.
Develop Rich Dialogue in a Narrative
“The Monkey’s Paw” serves as the anchor text for a series of videos that show viewers how to craft an alternative ending to a narrative. The focus of this fourth video is on how to develop rich dialogue between characters that is consistent with the author’s style and that reinforces the theme of the narrative. To model the process, the narrator highlights sections of W. W. Jacob’s horror story that reveal the theme and characteristics of the dialogue between Mr. and Mrs. White. Using these characteristics as a guideline, the narrator then models how to construct dialogue for her chosen ending.
New! Write Equivalent Expressions Using Variables
There is not always one right answer when writing equivalent expressions. This video shows your learners the ways they can take information and write different, but equal, expressions. Ben and Ted make eight dollars an hour plus Ben's bonus. Your learners will learn how to create three different expressions out of one piece of information. Video is third in a three-part series.
Lesson 5: Character and Relationship Changes
In this reading comprehension lesson, 5th graders, after reading the novel, Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli analyze characters and their roles in other peoples lives. Students interact with plot conflicts and character relationships. Students fill out 2 specific charts as directed. Students relate how people change over time in the novel and then relate similiar changes in their own lives with an array of pictures that they are asked to bring to class.
Romeo and Juliet - Act III
Need a guide to focus readers’ attention as they study Romeo and Juliet? The questions for Act III ask responders to analyze characters’ motives, interpret levels of meaning, and identify ironies in the events. The guide could be used as homework, for group work, or for whole class discussion.
The Diary of Anne Frank-Clash of the Clans
Students read selected passages from The Diary of Anne Frank. They, in groups, discuss the television / movie characters and create character webs involving these characters and those in the Anne Frank book.
Quest for the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun
Students read the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and discuss "The American Dream" and explore how the social, educational, economical and political climate of the 1950's affected African Americans' quest for "The American Dream".
A Boxful of Character
I can't wait to try this activity with my class. It's versatile and could be modified to fit any character analysis lesson. To analyze characters thoroughly, learners create life boxes. Each box will pertain to a character from any Shakespeare play and will contain items relating to that character. They need to use evidence from the text to validate their choice of items.
Fairy Tale Lessons Can Spice Up Language Arts Activities
Fairy tales can be a motivating way to introduce students to a variety of topics, including literary analysis.
Interpreting a Short Story
Short stories often are a venue through which writers can express their opinions on society. Read Thank You Ma'am with your eighth graders and reflect upon the commentary exhibited. Anticipatory and post-reading questions are included along with character analysis activities.
Directed Reading Lesson: Dear Mr. Blueberry
Second graders understand the story elements in the book Dear Mr. Blueberry. In this directed reading lesson, 2nd graders complete a story plan explaining the elements of the story. Students read specific letters in the book and discuss critical thinking questions based on the information in the letters.
Creating Dramatic Monologues from The Grapes of Wrath
Students conduct Internet research on the Dust Bowl before participating in a group activity about the characters from "The Grapes of Wrath". As part of a character analysis, they collaboratively write a dramatic monologue for their character. Groups write their monologue based on given criteria.
Any Small Goodness
Are you thinking of reading Any Small Goodness with your students? Engage them with these worksheets. Sharpen prediction and response skills, in addition to creating a character analysis map. Also included, are some thoughtfully-written questions about each chapter. Simply outstanding!
Rewrite, Revise, Recycle
Students examine different pieces of literature that have a similiar theme. They read an article about reusing ideas for television shows. They work together to create their own program proposals. They also create backstories for one of the characters in their program.
Sixth graders demonstrate comprehension of specific text by making inferences on the material and referring back to portions of the text. They use Inspiration to create a graphic organizer showing comprehension of the reading material.
In the Pilot's Seat
Students examine a review of several of the new television series launching in the Fall 1999 season and interpret how a critic discusses the notion of 'repurposing' old shows. They work in small groups to create basic character sketches and setti
If you are considering reading Bearstone with your students, utilize these worksheets for a richer experience! They will help your readers stay on task with their assignments, and elicit significant responses to what they have read. You will also find interesting activities which will facilitate character analysis, prediction and the creation of a story map. Excellent questions are provided for use at the end of each chapter. Beautiful!
ESL Network: Tezen, A Haitian Folktale
Sixth graders brainstorm various types of friendships prior to reading "Tezen," a tale about a young girl's friendship with a fish. After writing story reviews, they work in small groups to create dramatic skits based on the text and personal experiences. They present and videotape their performances at the end of this 6-8 week lesson.
The book Alia's Mission works well for class reading. This packet of worksheets can assist you by providing comprehension exercises. There are great response questions which are designed for the end of each chapter, worksheets to aid prediction, and ideas to guide character analysis. There is even a character analysis chart. Nicely done!