Want to make your read-aloud time really productive? Begin with a magnificent book like Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2015 Newbery Honor Award, 2015 Coretta Scott King Award, 2014 National Book Award, and 2015 E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader Award). Then add this Listen-and-Respond student booklet to ensure that your students focus and understand and stretch themselves as they listen. You will end up with a concrete assessment of their learning and they will end up with both inspiration and greater understanding. Created by Jean Martin
This product is a ready-to-use, 87 page packet designed for teachers who are using Woodson's 2014 childhood memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, as a read-aloud with students in grades 5-8. It contains a 41-page student booklet that divides the text into 14 read-aloud days with questions and tasks that go with each one. A separate answer key is provided. The booklet is intended to help students learn to focus their listening and to make the read-aloud time more productive and instructive. (NOTE: if you do NOT plan to use this text as a READ ALOUD, then look HERE and you will see my Book Study for Brown Girl Dreaming which is intended for students to read and work independently.)
Student booklet provides questions and activities for students to do during and after listening to the book being read aloud. The activities are designed to be both enjoyable and instructive. Reading, listening, and writing skills/crafts that are reinforced and/or introduced include:
1. focusing on/responding to text
2. using/creating a family tree
3. interpreting free verse
4. demonstrating comprehension
5. simile recognition
6. metaphor recognition
7. onomatopoeia recognition
8. personification recognition
9. idiom recognition
10. oxymoron recognition
11. summary writing
15. main idea/theme
17. map skills
18. timeline skills
Students are provided with essential quotations from the text since it is expected that they will not have the actual book in front of them as a reference. The teacher should plan to allow about 20 minutes following the oral reading for students to complete that day’s activities. Occasional mini-lessons and class discussions on some of the writing crafts and techniques introduced may be necessary depending on the skills of the students.
BROWN GIRL DREAMING IN A NUTSHELL:
This book is written in free verse rich with imagery and is a memoir of Jacqueline's childhood and a look at the events that shaped her family and herself. Whether or not your students (grades 5-8 and older) are "into" poetry, they will most definitely find this an insightful and meaningful window on her life and simultaneously US Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s & '70s. Reading her verse is a rich experience for anyone who picks up this book; the reader will be easily drawn into the life and times of Ms Woodson.
Woodson is a FOUR time Newbery winner in addition to winning many other prestigious awards as seen below!!
AWARDS FOR BROWN GIRL DREAMING:
2014 National Book Award
2015 Newbery Honor Award
2015 Coretta Scott King Award.
2015 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award: Middle Reader
CLIP ART CREDITS:
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