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Have your class explore active reading strategies! In this guided reading instructional activity, learners make personal connections to characters having a bad day as a prior knowledge activation discussion. After reading Gettin' Through Thursday, class members share ideas and answer questions about the book. This lesson plan lays out ideas for literature circles, reader's response, ESL strategies, and other extension activities.
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.
Poetry can express feelings, values, and culture; it also provides insight into a time and place. Young analysts discuss the meanings of several poems from a collection of Native American works entitled, When the Rain Sings. They then create a short poem to express their own thoughts. This is a wonderful way to bring the Native American experience to life.
A six-week unit takes high schoolers through various works of African-American literature, including poems, plays, and short stories. The lesson plan format includes a week-by-week description of activities, goals, materials, and assessments. Use this format during Black History Month or in a multicultural literature unit.