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Seventh graders examine the themes that recur in young adult literature. They will complete a pre-assessment that shows their knowledge of theme in contemporary television, movies, and books. They then learn the associated vocabulary and read literature from an assigned list to develop their understanding of theme. In the end, they will take a post-assessment.
Working in groups, middle schoolers read young adult literature focusing on the points of views of characters experiencing ntolerance and prejudice. They maintain reading journals and meet periodically to discuss their reactions to their reading. When they finish their books, they design a website that includes a summary of the book, author information, a story map, a diagram showing the relationship among characters, and links to related websites.
Learners get to choose which task they'd like to complete as their end of the semester project. Assignments include a literary presentation, response paper, to compose a test, or other creative project. Each are long-term projects focused on literary analysis and critical reading.
Eighth graders explore common symbols recurring in literature that relate to issues of adolescence and maturation. In this symbol analysis lesson, 8th graders review symbols in magazines, newspapers, or television. Students read a literary selection to tab the text where they find symbols. Students complete the related worksheets and write a paragraph for each selection from the reading plan.
Students explore the ways symbolism is used and develop skill in identifying and relating symbols used in literature. They focus on the common symbols of adolescence and maturation by doing independent reading and teacher conferences, small group discussions, and literature circles in this two week mini-unit.
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.
Seventh graders review the concept of theme and explore common themes found in literature dealing with issues of adolescence. In the Post Assessment, 7th graders respond to a series of self-selected readings by identifying themes and the details which support and develop them.
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.