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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.
Here you will find a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, but these materials would work for any literary text, in any educational context, home or classroom. Links to Out of Africa film study guide and author information are provided.
Response to literature and collaborative group discussion are the key foci of this thorough guide to teaching Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Newbery-winning novel Shiloh. Detailed sections enable readers to examine each chapter in depth. Activities that reinforce literary analysis and vocabulary are listed by chapter, helping you efficiently plan your unit.
Role sheets clearly define expectations of all group members in this introduction to literature circles. By using a variety of picture books or short texts, readers can practice roles while the teacher circulates to each group observing or temporarily joining a group to draw all learners into a thoughtful discussion. The book list provides titles of possible texts.
Groups of high school learners conduct research on a particular era of African-American history, focusing on events, people, and places important to that era. Next, they review children's literature in four different genres. As a culminating activity, group members combine what they have learned in their research and readings to create their own piece of children's literature based on African-American history.
Examine the contributions of African-Americans in the worlds of art and literature. Over the course of a few days, young scholars will read and analyze a poem, a short story, and a piece of art. They complete a range of comprehension-building activities, including writing poetry based on their reflections, comparing different people groups through a graph, and creating a class mural.
While designed for homeschool, these teaching tools support student-centered literature study at home or in the classroom. Aimed at Dickens' David Copperfield but useful with any text, the materials are widely applicable: graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, study guides, a reading schedule, plot flow chart, and character map.
Investigate Native American literature and culture by reading the biblical story of creation in Genesis. Afterward, small groups research an assigned tribe, focusing on culture, famous members, literature, and myths. As they research, they must evaluate sources and record information on an evaluation form. After each group creates and presents a PowerPoint on their tribe, individuals write a comparison essay on two Indian myths, or one Indian myth and the biblical creation story.
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.
Introduce literature circles with Roland Smith's novels. Your seventh graders will see the activity modeled as you read The Three Little Pigs together and apply the format to a Roland Smith novel of their choice. The instructional activity includes synopses of novels to pass out to your class, as well as a link to The Three Little Pigs. Not all materials mentioned are attached here.