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Guided Reading Lesson Plan: The Black Pearl
Students read the chapter book, The Black Pearl chapter by chapter for a two-week unit. In this reading comprehension lesson, students answer questions about what they are reading, and also write a reflection of the book.
Learners read "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck. They examine the novella's themes, explore alternative endings and plotlines through creative writing and develop a multimedia presentation on their interpretation of the story.
The Pearl Study Questions & Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature learning exercise, students respond to 6 short answer and essay questions about John Steinbeck's The Pearl. Students may check some of their answers online.
The Pearl Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about John Steinbeck's The Pearl. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 14 multiple choice questions about Steinbeck's The Pearl. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
In this literature worksheet, high schoolers respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about The Pearl. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
Pearl S. Buck: "On Discovering America"
Students describe myths and realities of immigration. In this "On Discovering America" lesson, students compare and contrast the American view of immigrants in the 1930s and how the media portrayed immigrants in the 1930s using examples from Pearl S. Buck's "On Discovering America."
Issues: We've All Got Them: Language Arts/ Visual Arts Integration
Reading The Pearl by John Steinbeck with your class and looking for an extension activity? Incorporate art and drama as a way of further exploring the themes presented in this work of literature. Start off in groups, each receiving a different piece of artwork to critique and discuss in light of the social issues depicted in The Pearl. Or if a dramatic activity sounds more appealing, use the Role Play Scenario worksheet include here to get students up from their seats and acting out how social issues may affect their own adolescent lives. Note: To complete the lesson as written, you will need several additional materials that are not included.
Storytellers: Pearl Jam, Lesson 1
Students examine the meaning of genre, and specifically investigate the musical genre of grunge. They view and discuss photos, watch the video, "VH1 Storytellers: Pearl Jam," answer discussion questions, and paraphrase the lyrics to a Pearl Jam song.
What About Steinbeck's the Pearl?
Students read and analyze John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl." They conduct Internet research, create a timeline of Steinbeck's life, write chapter summaries, write an expository or descriptive essay, and create a slideshow presentation on a theme or topic related to the novel.
Storytellers: Pearl Jam
Students examine the concept of freedom of speech as it applies to music. They watch and discuss the video, "VH1 Storytellers: Pearl Jam," participate in a class discussion about free speech, conduct research, and conduct a debate.
New! Finding Nemo Genetics: Incomplete Dominance
Consider the genetics of the coral in which Nemo and his father live. Marine geneticists practice using Punnett squares to determine phenotypes and genotypes in incomplete dominance crosses. After solving three problems about the offspring of the coral, students then solve four problems about the colored pearls produced by oysters. This attractive and engaging worksheet is an ideal homework assignment for your biology class.
The Pearl Activity Worksheet and Progress Test
In this The Pearl activity and progress test activity, students respond to a total of 21 short answer, multiple choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions pertaining to John Steinbeck's The Pearl.
The Pearl Quiz
Do your readers remember Steinbeck's The Pearl? Check with this quick multiple-choice quiz. One question does not seem to have an accurate answer, so take the quiz yourself before giving to your class and check the answers.
The Pearl by John Steinbeck (Chapter One)
Explore the dark world of Steinbeck's short novel. After your learners read the first chapter of The Pearl, give them this quiz. Ten multiple-choice questions focus on reading comprehension.
Mucket Mania: The Mussel Industry in Arkansas
Middle and high schoolers read and discuss articles about the mussel industry in Arkansas. They pay close attention to the history of pearling and button making industries on the Black and White Rivers of Arkansas. This impressive, 18-page plan has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class. A fine educational resource.
Students examine where pearls come from and where mollusks are found. They discover how pearls are formed in nature and how they are they made by humans. They use ordinary oyster shells to examine mother of pearl.
ELD Lesson Plan: Let's Look Around
Predict what comes next in these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Seasons," "Pearl's First Prize Plant," and "Hilda Hen's Scary Night"). ELD pupils can practice their summary and prediction skills, as well as their auxiliary verbs and future tense. Vivid color words and exciting verbs greet your new readers with every turn of the page.
The Good Earth Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 14 multiple choice questions about Pearl Buck's The Good Earth. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Storytellers: Pearl Jam (Lesson 2)
Students analyze the meaning of songs, how its music complements the lyrics, and how the meaning can evolve over time. They make a compelling presentation of a favorite song lyric and find inspiring sources for new songs in the newspaper. They explore using other songs as inspiration for new ones.