Young Adult Literature Teacher Resources
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Study Guide for Island of the Blue Dolphins
Dive your class into a reading of Island of the Blue Dolphins with this in-depth study guide. Breaking the novel into three parts, the resource begins each section with a focus activity that identifies a specific theme or question to be addressed in the reading. Learners are then provided with background information, key vocabulary, and a graphic organizer to use while taking notes, before answering a series of five comprehension questions. Each of the three sections concludes with extension ideas for writing and discussing key concepts from the book. Also included are reading guides for five additional pieces of writing that encourage young scholars to expand their learning and make connections between multiple texts. A thorough resource that supports students in reading and understanding this award-winning novel.
Examine how to participate in Literature Circles. Your students will create Literature Logs including illustrations, definitions, characterizations, and strategies used in studying literature.
Sixth graders read and interpret a piece of contemporary young adult literature. In groups, 6th graders discuss questions and main topics of the literature with others. Students write a final book report.
ESL Integrated Literature Unit
Students read and analyze information related to the book Island of the Blue Dolphin. They select appropriate information for the purpose of investigating part of the book.
The Life Cycle of Butterflies, Day 2
Second graders extend their knowledge of life cycles to other animals. They demonstrate their understanding that at the beginning of an animal's life cycle, some young animals represent the adult while others do not. They will participate in a variety of investigations to support their learning.
A Library for Juana
Provide your class with a multicultural experience by having them explore the book A Library for Juana by Pat Mora. Learners can discuss what Mexico was like in the 1960s, practice cause and effect skills, and review comprehension strategies. It's a great way to motivate your class.
Elena by Diane Stanley
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.
Modernism: American Literature 1914-1945
What characterizes modern literature? The first few slides of this 31-slide PowerPoint discuss what sparked the change to Modernism and discuss some of the key figures of the time (like Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud). The 20s and 30s are both briefly touched on, and some characteristics of the work produced during this period are noted. To finish, the isms are introduced: Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, Expressionism, Surrealism, and Symbolism.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
For this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions about Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Explaining the Themes of Eagle Song: (Chapter 8, "Peace")
Your class reaches the end of the novel Eagle Song as young readers focus on determining the theme of this story. Similar to previous lessons in the unit, the teacher begins with a read aloud of the first few pages of chapter 8, before asking young scholars to finish the chapter independently. The class is then reintroduced to the "Somebody In Wanted But So" reading comprehension strategy learned earlier in the unit, using it as a guide for identifying different themes in the novel. Significant teacher support is required during this discussion, as pupils are encouraged to move beyond summarizing the text toward understanding the different lessons it teaches. Children finally work in groups to support each theme with details from the book. A well-rounded lesson that nicely concludes your class's reading of Eagle Song.
Lyddie: An Instructional Unit Resource Guide
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.
Trash or Treasure?
Students explore their experiences and reflect on how one person can make a difference in our world. In this service learning lesson, students analyze themes in music related to encouragement. Students perform a service learning project and write an essay about how to make a difference in the world.
Learning Literary Elements through African and African American Folktales
Eighth graders explore the role of plot structure and archetypes in literature. In this literary elements lesson, 8th graders read several African-American folk tales and identify the plot structure and archetypes in each of them. Students then compare the African-American folk tales to tales from other cultures prior to writing their own fairy tales.
It Takes Two To Tangle
Students utilize strategies to comprehend literature. They write stories with diverse vocablulary that incorporate the difference between internal and external conflict. They make sure that the stories use methods of managing and resolving conflict and interpersonal friction.
Cool Melons Turn to Frogs
Third graders become familiar with the poetry of Issa. For this haiku lesson, 3rd graders recognize the format of a haiku and learn about the life of Issa (the poet) through focused questions, vocabulary and reading responses. Students become members of literature circles.
"Name Me Nobody"
Young scholars complete a 3-5 week unit related to the novel "Name Me Nobody." They participate in a literature circle, read and discuss stories provided by the Safe Schools Coalition, complete a Character/Problem-Solution chart, create a two-sided poem, and write a letter to the editor.
The Member of the Wedding Study Questions and Essay Topics
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding. Students may check some of their answers online.
The Civil War: Learning from Our Peers
Fifth graders discover the Civil War as taught by their peers. In this Civil War lesson, 5th graders create their own lesson plans to teach the class about the Civil War. The students are monitored by the teacher but are given lectures and information from their classmates.
Literature Awards: Michael L. Printz Award 2004
Learners research information about the Michael L. Printz Awards which are given to outstanding young adult novels.
What Did Your Parents Do Outside?
Our learners love their gadgets, tablets, and anything that plugs into a wall or receives a wireless signal. It is time to share our stories of the outdoors, and get the youth we teach in touch with what is naturally around them. Use the engaging plan and activities in this resource to introduce kids to the greatness that is the outdoors, while relating it to Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods or any work of literature that is concerned with nature. Educators share stories of their childhood outdoor adventures, and have students interview their parents concerning their childhood experiences. Learners can write a compare and contrast piece or begin to work with the literature selected by the educator.