A Year Down Yonder Complete Literature and Grammar Unit

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Our novel units are aligned to many of the Common Core Standards, including inference, main idea, elements of a story, and more!

This is a combined literature and grammar unit that contains everything you need to teach the novel and more! Included in the unit are pre-reading, active-reading and post-reading activities with grammar lessons, literary activities, a literary terms and elements matching quiz, a final essay test with grading rubric, and other activities just for fun!

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FREE PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES! 5
LITERATURE CIRCLE ROLES 6
Detailer/Summarizer 6
Teacher for a Day 6
Vocabulary Expander 7
Director/Timekeeper 7
Reverse Side of the Literature Circle Role Sheets 8
Student Hand-out on Figurative Language 9
Student Hand-out on Figurative Language (pg. 2) 10
Figurative Language and Punctuation Practice 11
Answers to Figurative Language and Punctuation Practice 12
Figurative Language 13
Student Hand-out on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 14
Student Hand-out on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story (pg. 2) 15
Active Reading Chapter Notes 16
Chapter Notes 17
Pre-reading Activity 18
Chapters 1 and 2 Setting & Point of View 19
Point of View (Advanced) 20
Chapter 3 Nouns 21
Summary 21
Thought Question and Character Illustration 22
Chapter 4 Nouns: Singular and Plural and Important Details 23
Vocabulary Words for Chapters 1-4 24
Spelling 26
Circle the correctly spelled words: 26
Thought Question and Mood 27
Plagiarism & Foreshadowing and Prediction 28
Chapter 5 Adjectives & Character Thoughts 29
Narrative and Dialogue 30
Friend or Foe? 31
Thought Question & Antagonist and Protagonist 32
Chapter 6 Verbs & Main Idea 33
Thought Question & Vocabulary 34
Dictionary or Thesaurus Activity 35
Grammar Activity: Using a Dictionary or Thesaurus to Find Antonyms 35
Character Interview 36
Simple and Compound Sentences 37
Chapter 7 Personal Pronouns & A Day with Mary Alice 38
Synopsis or Summary? 39
Happy Birthday to Mary Alice 40
Chapter 8 Prepositional Phrases 41
Chapter 8 Subjects and Predicates 42
Main Idea 43
Vocabulary 44
Spelling 46
Circle the correctly spelled words: 46
Post Reading Activities Recommendations 47
Chronological Order 48
Climax and Rising and Falling Action 49
Author Study 50
Matching Quiz on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 51
Answers to Matching Quiz on Literary Terms and Elements of a Story 52
Final Essay Test 53
Final Essay Test (pg. 2) 54
Rubric for Final Essay Test 55
Attention Teachers! 56
Quiz Creating Activity 57
Test Creating Activity 58
Test Creating Activity (pg. 2) 59
Reader Response to the Novel 60
Advertisement 61
Advice for Richard Peck 62
Book Review for A Year Down Yonder 63
Your Chance: Opinions and Feelings 64
Answers to Grammar Activities 65




Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4a Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5c Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4a Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1b Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1b Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1b Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4c Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4a Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4d Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4c Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5b Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words
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A Year Down Yonder Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
A Year Down Yonder Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
A Year Down Yonder Complete Literature and Grammar Unit
A Year Down Yonder Complete Literature and Grammar Unit