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Black History Month-Song of the Trees Lesson and Activity Packet

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Song of the Trees Short Story Activity Packet

This is a packet of worksheets and other lesson resources designed to be used with the short story, "Song of the Trees," by Mildred Taylor. If you haven't read this story, you are in for a treat. This activity pacet includes,

1. Reading comprehension questions (Part 1 of the story) Answer sheet is included

2)Answering questions with a quote (Part 2 of the story): This an activity where students have to not only answer questions, but prove their answers by using actual quotes or passages from the story. It is fun and challenging. Answer sheet is included

3. A vocabulary activity called, "Word Detective." where students act as vocabulary sleuths as they try and determine the meaning of new words. First they will use contextual clues to guess the meaning of each new word from how they are used in actual passages from the story. Then they will use a thesaurus or dictionary to check comprehension, find synonyms, and determine parts of speech for each word. Answer sheet is included
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On  January 31, 2014Jim Tuttle answered:
Thank you very much for your kind words. I've tried to make my units in line with Common Core Curriculum, and provide evidence-based assessment. There are scavenger hunt materials, question and quote activities, and other materials which focus on proving answers with evidence. Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement.

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The activities are appropriate, and helpful. There are MANY grammatical errors on the vocabulary activity, however.
On  January 24, 2013Jim Tuttle answered:
The Word Detective grammar activities are taken directly from the dialogue in the story. The grammatical errors are because of the authentic dialect and slang that the characters use.
I wanted to maintain the rhythm and integity of the story and highlight the personality of the characters through authentic dialogue. It is up to you. You can have your kids correct the grammatical errors as an exercise, but I would keep them in the activity.

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The activities in this packet really helped a lot. My 7th graders got a better understanding of the story and now I have something I can use every year. This really helped with fact retention as well as analyzing characters. Great!
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Black History Month-Song of the Trees Lesson and Activity Packet
Black History Month-Song of the Trees Lesson and Activity Packet