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TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR Common Core Aligned Novel Study

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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.
ANSWERS INCLUDED.

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
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On  January 1, 2014,  Buyer said:
I was very disappointed in this study guide. Word searches, true and false, who said what, spelling ladders - none of this is common core based. This is surface based, and does not begin to go into the depth needed for Common Core to help students process and analyze the story line, characters, etc. While the writing component is somewhat usable and the idiom section also usable, I would not recommend this study guide, especially if you are looking to meet the CC standards for grades 6-8.
On  January 2, 2014Arlene Manemann answered:
I beg to differ. The quotes for which students identify the speaker are very carefully chosen and are exemplars of the speakers' character traits. Identifying the speaker adds to the students' understanding of each character and progressively demonstrates the changes in the main character. The sequence choices speak directly to events in the main plot development. In addition, quizzes have essay style questions as per Common Core, that require analysis of the main character and his motives.

The writing component is more than useable. It teaches students, by use of their journal notes, to create a thoughtful essay, completely in line with Common Core Writing standards.

The unit has a lot of analysis that separates fact and opinion, and draws the students into the various characters' thinking process - in the process adding the students' opinions to the discussion. This is hardly "surface" thinking.

I find your cursory reading of the unit and resultant comments very short-sighted.
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On  March 29, 2014,  Buyer said:
This was fabulous support to use while sharing such a powerful novel with complicated transitions of character. My seventh grade homeschooler generally resists interacting with a book while reading a book, (she doesn't want to put it down!) making this unit especially valuable as it forced interruptions, but in a supportive way. I was able to tease out much more comprehension than usual using this study guide and was really pleased with the variety of ways she was asked to reflect upon the material and share what she'd learned. Thank you for such a wonderful resource!
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On  January 2, 2014Jennifer Johnson (TpT Seller) said:
Great unit!
On  January 3, 2014Arlene Manemann answered:
Your feedback is much appreciated.
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On  January 3, 2014Arlene Manemann answered:
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On  December 19, 2013,  Jamar G. said:
Thank you so much! This will definitely help!
On  January 2, 2014Arlene Manemann answered:
Thank you for the feedback. Students will get a lot out of the novel.
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Best novel unit that I have bought on teacher's pay teacher's!
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On  November 13, 2013Arlene Manemann answered:
I appreciate your comment. The students will not want to stop reading at certain points; and what I like best, when discussions start, they don't want to stop those either.
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This is a very thorough treatment of a powerful book. I look forward to working with my son through both the book and these exercises, as he learns how to analyze a novel. Thank you!
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I bought this unit to help my tier 2 students get through Spirit Bear, which is a bit complicated for them. We did not get to the novel, but as I prepped for this unit, I found this unit easy to manipulate for my lower students. I will be using it next year with the new group of tier 2 freshman.
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The Unit is wonderful! I was able to add parts to the unit I was developing and everything fit in perfectly!
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On  December 19, 2011,  Buyer said:
I really appreciate the thoughtful topics for writing. Good journal ideas too.
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On  February 28, 2012,  Laura B. asked:
My Bad! - I forgot there was a section break in the middle of the book! Thanks again for putting together a great unit!
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On  February 28, 2012,  Laura B. asked:
Quick Question -You have the vocabulary sections broken up into Part 1 and Part 2. What are the corresponding chapters for the vocabulary part?
Thanks!
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On  February 28, 2012Arlene Manemann answered:
Hi, I am sorry I didn't list the chapters. Our books are divided into Part 1 -ch. 1-13 and Part 2 -ch. 14-28.
I mistakenly assumed everyone's books were like that.

Our kids LOVED that book - and especially some of the reluctant reader boys. Hope your students respond as well as ours. Arlene
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TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR Common Core Aligned Novel Study
TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR Common Core Aligned Novel Study
TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR Common Core Aligned Novel Study
TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR Common Core Aligned Novel Study