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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use the internet to research the differences between families in the past and today. In groups, they identify the reponsibilities and roles of each member of the family. As a class, they compare and contrast non-fiction and fiction and read various excerpts of literature to identify the setting, characters, plot and theme. To end the lesson plan, they take a survey for their teacher's eyes only about the structure of their family.
Learners read the story "Night Golf" and respond to questions that enhance their comprehension of the book's message. For this reading lesson, students participate in a literature circle to explore reading passages. Learners personalize their reading by answering specific questions during an active reading activity. Students then have the option to research the rules and technical aspects of playing golf.
Help your middle schoolers respond to literature by using this literary critique lesson. They will discover critique strategies as they employ their knowledge of literary elements to role-play the part of a literary critic reviewing a selected piece of literature. They will also learn to use persuasive strategies throughout this nine-part activity.
This story is bound to motivate your class. Learners read a story called Elena by Diane Stanley. The story is about a young woman who marries for love but is soon widowed during the Mexican Revolution. She takes her children to California where she starts a new life. This resource provides comprehension questions, literary analysis experiences, and a writing exercise.
Students read and respond to the book, Dear Mrs. Parks. In this African-American literature lesson, students read the text and examine several vocabulary words from the text. Students answer 11 discussion questions and participate in literature circles. Suggested writing activities accompany this lesson.
Students trace the rites of passage from the 1940's through the present in literature. They review some of their favorite expressions first and compare some of Holden's speech with their own. They discuss initial reactions to the book and the similarities or differences between Holden and self?
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.