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Study Guide for Island of the Blue Dolphins
Dive your class into a reading of Island of the Blue Dolphins with this in-depth study guide. Breaking the novel into three parts, the resource begins each section with a focus activity that identifies a specific theme or question to be addressed in the reading. Learners are then provided with background information, key vocabulary, and a graphic organizer to use while taking notes, before answering a series of five comprehension questions. Each of the three sections concludes with extension ideas for writing and discussing key concepts from the book. Also included are reading guides for five additional pieces of writing that encourage young scholars to expand their learning and make connections between multiple texts. A thorough resource that supports students in reading and understanding this award-winning novel.
Literature Study Guides: Of Mice and Men
Here is a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task. You'll find graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a story plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but these materials would work for any literary text, at home or in the classroom.
Plot: A Chain of Events
What happens next? Introduce your readers to the literary element of plot with a colorful, funny, and engaging presentation that includes two great story models. Viewers will especially enjoy the retelling of the story of the three pigs.
Outline Your Plot
Prepare for a wild ride on the plot roller coaster! Budding authors outline their novel plots through this set of visual and entertaining worksheets. They follow the story of Boris the Unicorn, which demonstrates the various stages of a typical fiction plot. Thankfully, the story is hilarious and will have your kids wanting more. For anticipation, have them read it only one section at a time, filling out their own plot in the space provided as they go through the six sections.
Using Words as a Way into Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief
Use the Visual Thesaurus to predict the subject matter of Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief. A pre-reading activity encourages middle schoolers to use context clues and word meaning to discover what the book is about. After they finish the activity, they read the first chapter of the book and research Olympian gods.
Literature Study Guide: Slaughterhouse-Five
Equipped with all the necessary components of a literary response, including a summary page, vocabulary list, a space for questions and answers, a story flow chart, and a character map, this resource is a superior way for students to complete a book report. Two additional pages provide 10 response-to-literature questions and 10 extension activities. This format will work for any book, not just Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. It is also not restricted to homeschool use.
Tintin and I: Primary and Secondary Sources
Mickey Mouse, Elmo, and Tintin? Belgian cartoonist Georges (Herge) Remi’s famous comic character launches a study of primary and secondary source material and the impact these sources have on storytelling. Class members also examine the work of Jason Lutes and his comic series Berlin before researching an unfamiliar culture and crafting their own illustrated adventure narrative.
Patriarchy in King Lear and As I Lay Dying
King Lear, “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Colonel Walter E. Kurtz and Anse Bundren? Imagine a unit that examines the tragic hero and patriarchy in King Lear, As I Lay Dying and Apocalypse Now. To liven the brew, learners are asked to include in their study a modern political leader who rules or ruled paternalistically. An active modification to the plan could detail how the writer can take his/her findings, address their political leader, and express their leadership concerns with those of King Lear, "Papa Doc", and Col. Kurtz.
Graphic Novel Writing Workshop
Khaled Hosseini’s video “Using Real People and Events” motivates learners to reflect on their own experiences and to use those experiences as the basis of a graphic novel that expresses a universal truth. The richly detailed plan includes background information, step-by-step instructions, links to a free comic-making tool, and discussion questions. Could be used as part of a study of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or in conjunction with a reading of The Kite Runner.
Mississippi Trial, 1955: Pre-reading Strategy
Pink and Say, a picture book by Patricia Polacco, and an anticipation guide, set the stage for a reading of Mississippi Trial, 1955, Chris Crowe's novel based on the true story of the murder of Emmett Till. Instructional routines, the anticipation guide, and fishbowl discussion questions are included in the richly-detailed plan.
Walk Two Moons: The Lunatic Mystery Case Book
Here’s the meatball in the bowl of spaghetti. Readers build a Lunatic Mystery Case Book, collecting evidence to support their prediction about the identity of the lunatic in Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech’s Newbery Medal winning novel. Your pupils’ brains won’t be empty when they finish these exercises.
"Once More to the Lake" by E.B. White
Revisit your own childhood memories of long summers and lakeside fun with E.B. White's essay, "Once More to the Lake." Included here is the actual text as well as a series of short-answer questions that follow. Not only do readers study the essay's theme and central idea, but they look at White's specific strategies and style. A great resource!
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Who would you love to see at your table? Groups research a decade, ranging from the 1840s to the 1960s, read a short story associated with that decade, and plan a dinner party, complete with table set-up and menu. After researching prominent figures of their assigned period, each group member assumes the role of an attendee. The conversation focuses on topics related to their short story and issues of interest during the decade. The richly detailed plan includes an assessment rubric, a suggested short story list, discussion questions, extensions, and variations. What’s for dinner?
Study Guide for Where the Red Fern Grows
One of the best fourth grade books of all time is Where the Red Fern Grows. Provide your class with interesting background on the book and the author as well as worksheets for every five chapters of the novel. The first part of the guide provides information you can use and share with the class, and the second part contains graphic organizers, comprehension questions, activities, and vocabulary that will carry you through the entire book. Just print and copy what you need from this great 22-page resource.
Define Plot Elements of a Fictional Narrative
If your pupils are studying plot development, consider taking a look at this resource. The video models a read-aloud of a series of passages that reflect the rising action, climax, and resolution of "The Story of Arachne, Nature's Weaver." After reading, the narrator charts each virtual sticky note on a plot development chart. Class members can follow along and then practice with the additional materials provided on the page or a text of your choice. Take a look at the presentation and the printable assessment.
"Clean Water Act"
Read the short reading passage entitled "Clean Water Act" to help your class build reading fluency and comprehension. While most questions focus on recall, learners are asked to use the context to define select vocabulary words. This reading assignment would work well for native English speakers as well as advanced English language learners.
Students write about main characters. In this dramatic writing instructional activity, students brainstorm character ideas. Students create actions and give the character a voice. Students act out the scene in groups and create a final draft.
Sondheim: Voice of Cultural Change
Students explore Stephen Sondheim's contributions to musical theatre in the context of the dramatic cultural shift that occurred in American life in the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
Film Critique: The Story and the Techniques
Why just show your class a movie when you could teach them how to critique film the same way they do literature? While this activity uses Battlestar Galactica as its visual text of choice, this plan could be used with any film selection. It would be perfect to use with the film adaptation of any literary work. Teens learn what it means to critique as well as how to identify literary and technical aspects of film as they watch various films.
Shared Reading and Writing Gregory Cool
Shared reading is a great way to engage in guided critical thinking and analysis. Using the book Gregory Cool, your class participates in week-long shared reading and writing activities. Comparison activities, word work, and story elements are focused throughout the experience.