For this powerful story, this novel unit encompasses -
- dialectic journal matrix,
- back story,
- character analysis,
- Venn diagrams,
- and graphic organizer handouts
for TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR, by Ben Mikaelsen.
No answers needed for these handouts.
There are quizzes for
Ch. 1 to 7;
Ch. 8 to 15;
Ch. 16 to 20;
and Ch. 21 to 28.
In addtion there are vocabulary and figure of speech (primarily idioms) worksheets, including answers.
There is a poetry connection worksheet, that facilitates students comparing the theme of the poem with the main character in the novel.
I include an essay matrix for writing about the theme of the novel, as well as teacher suggestions for the various handouts, especially for the journal writing. Students are guided through idea gathering and organizing, the structure of an essay and writing fluency. This coordinates with most 6 + 1 Traits.
A bookmark with suggested journal starters is included too.
A check list is attached for the RL components of Common Core of State Standards that are covered in this unit.
See Preview file for an annotated Table of Contents.
Common Core State Standards - ELA 6,7,8 included in this unit:
RL 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 A check list for the RL standards is included at the end of the file. W 1, 2, 4, 5, 10 L 2b, 4a,c 5a,b