Haven’t read this book yet? It is masterfully written!
This is a full GATE unit for Janet Taylor Lisle’s Newbery Honor Book, Afternoon of the Elves. This unit is much more thorough and different from the “STAX” independent reading unit for the same novel available in my store.
This unit includes instructions for independent study, small group, and whole class instruction. The focus for all options is decidedly higher order thinking skills, creativity, extension of the novel’s ideas and themes, and hands-on literacy. Success with this unit will come with high ability students in grades 4-7.
Questions for Deeper Thinking: There are no comprehension questions included. Students are invited to think at a deeper level, form opinions, and support those views with details and explanations. Can students deal with ambiguity? Can they understand and explain similes and metaphors? Can they place themselves inside the novel or understand characters’ viewpoints? A discussion guide for the teacher is included with the questions.
Graphic Organizers and Written Responses: For the more visual learner . . . or for the more difficult questions, ready-to-print graphic organizers and written response sheets are provided.
Vocabulary and Vocabulary Activities: Our focus is vocabulary in context—a real world and practical understanding of vocabulary. If teachers desire, students may be encouraged to complete any number of suggested creative vocabulary activities.
Hands-on Projects During Reading: Did you finish your assignment already!? Try one of the many creative projects suggested in this unit. These projects are designed to enhance or extend understanding of the novel.
Written Responses: Choose any or all of the five written response activities included. Sample responses are provided; however, a scoring rubric is not included. Teachers are encouraged to score responses with their state or local writing rubric.
Elf Adventure Writing Project: Students create their own little elf out of craft materials, create a personality, and set their elves off on a written adventure. Tons of fun! Planning sheets are included as well as samples. Teachers are encouraged to score responses with their state or local writing rubric.
End of Novel Projects: Still haven’t had enough hands-on creativity? Invite students to choose one of the many end of novel projects—focusing on a variety of learning styles and preferences.