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High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after they have written scripts. Note: The attached worksheet "Literature Land Theme Park Rubric" cannot currently be found on the Scholastic website.
What are two effective visible thinking strategies for connecting prior knowledge to a great story? Chalk talks and answering text-dependent questions are used to introduce learners to the book, Eagle Song. These strategies provide 4th graders with the academic vocabulary that will enable them have meaningful and focused literature discussions. The plan is concisely worded and a practical working guide for teachers. Note: This lesson is one of many in a larger unit that supplements social studies curriculum in New York state.
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.
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.
Build upon your learners' skills in research, note-taking, outlining, and expository writing, while providing them an opportunity for independent learning as they complete a literature biography project. The activity is broken down into six easy steps, from making their choice on what author to research, to the writing of the bibliography. Each step is submitted separately and builds into a portfolio. The project can be modified to explore other topics concerning the author, such as an analysis of their childhood and how that is reflected in their writing.
Working in groups, young historians review a war poem written by Stephen Crane. After reviewing the poem, they present an oral interpretation of the poem and hold a panel discussion about their analysis. The panel is made up of five or six experts who present on topics such as literature and the author, as well as a moderator.
Youngsters are divided up into discussion groups. Each group member is assigned a specific role during the discussion. The classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is the subject of this literature circle. This wonderfully constructed lesson has everything you need to successfully implement a literature circle in your class. Worksheets for each of the members are embedded in the plan. Excellent!
Though this book report form is labeled Siddhartha, the multiple-page format would work for any novel you are reading in class. Complete with a reading schedule, a summary page, a list of generic literature response questions, and a list of 10 alternative literature activities, this resource is a great tool for your novel project. Additional materials include a plot flow chart and a character map.
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.
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.
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.
Students read a book with each student having a specific job for the class. In this literature instructional activity, students read Sarah, Plain and Tall over 10 days, dividing up responsibilities for each student to make sure everyone understands the story. Students discuss individual words, summaries, meanings and ideas from the story.