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In this genre worksheet, 3rd graders review the difference between fiction and nonfiction literature. They write an X on the correct line for each of 6 titles which tells if the book is fiction, nonfiction, or other. There is a place for both the child's and parent's signature.
Seventh graders review skills that can be used when reading a news or magazine article. They examine the Five W's, summarizing, connecting to text, and outlining information before completing the associated hand-outs. Finally, they find tier two and three words and define them.
Ninth graders examine the strategies of restating and summarizing an informational article in their own words. They determine the main idea in the information by looking at the topic sentence of each paragraph. In their summaries, they restate the topic sentence before noting the Tier Two and Tier Three vocabulary in the selection.
Ninth graders define between non fiction and fiction reading a short story. In this language arts instructional activity, 9th graders identify the setting of "Life without go-go boots" and compare it to the clothing and music of today. They discuss the origin of the clothing in the story and the importance of music used as therapy.
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.
Teacher guides are wonderful tools with tons of ideas that help you relate content in many different ways. Using the high-interest book, Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark, learners will hone their discussion and reading comprehension skills. Included are vocabulary and comprehension worksheets as well as several wonderful teaching ideas and discussion questions related to the text. Teaching strategies include, compare and contrast, paired reading, critical thinking, and ways to connect text to four other subject areas. Note: I read this book with my first graders and they loved it!
What is a philanthropist? We can all be philanthropists! After assessing the needs of the school and listening to literature about how they can help others, primary learners develop a class project and maintain a journal of their progress and project results. Then these young difference-makers write and present a book or newsletter showing their accomplishments and presenting their opinions.
Katherine Paterson’s young adult novel Lyddie is the foundation of a differentiated instruction unit that not only explores the rise of industrialization and labor but women’s rights issues as well. The resource links, list of activities, assessment tools, and template for planning modifications make this a powerful teacher resource.
It's the classic scene: Tom Sawyer is whitewashing a fence...expose your learners to Mark Twain's humor while reinforcing reading comprehension. Readers are encouraged to read and reread, achieving as much exposure to the text as possible. The passage is included with bolded vocabulary words to define in-context, and underlined words defined in the margins. Extra space lends itself nicely to marking the text. There are many reading comprehension activities suggested here! Learners synthesize their literary analysis through a narrative writing activity.
The miracle of the rescue at Dunkirk comes alive in this five-day, integrated Language Arts/Social Studies lesson, a must-have for your curriculum library. Beautifully crafted and richly detailed, the lesson includes the reading passage, vocabulary list, close reading and discussion questions, writing prompts, graphic organizers, sample essays, and alternative assessments. Whether you use it as part of the study of World War II or as a model for close reading, this lesson has it all!
“When icicles hang on the wall” speech from Love’ Labor Lost provides class members with an opportunity to analyze figurative language. Groups identify the sensory appeals in the speech, both positive and negative, and then infer the speaker’s attitude toward winter. The lesson ends on “a merry note” as learners demonstrate their understanding of imagery by creating PowerPoint presentations to illustrate imagery in a poem or text. Richly detailed, the plan includes templates, discussion questions, and teaching suggestions.
“Yea, there thou mak’st me sad and mak’st me sin/In envy that my Lord Northumberland/Should be the father to so blest a son--.” Henry IV, Part I, provides the text for a series of exercises that ask class members to examine the relationship between parents and their children in Shakespeare’s play and in their own lives. To conclude their study, individuals write an additional scene in which King Henry details his expectations for his son and Prince Hal explains how he feels about these expectations. The packet includes step-by-step instructions for the activities, worksheets, and links to video segments.