With the “Passport to Learning”, students will deeply engage with the novel to develop a variety of reading and literary skills. They also will be able to track their progress. They will see how repeatedly focusing on key skills helps them understand the novel while taking them on a fun learning journey.
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This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the student pages in Google Slides. For instance, students can work with the documents in Google Drive or via Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. (NOTE: Not all assignments are conducive to digital completion; however the pages are still provided in the digital format.) All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page, making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. The resources include:
Comprehension Lessons: Each chapter of the novel is filled with opportunities for literary analysis. The lessons focus on a particular skill and have students engage with the novel to develop their literary proficiency in that skill. Assignments require students to use textual evidence to support their claims. The Common Core aligned lessons focus on the following:
• Identifying and analyzing setting for mood and conflict
• Character analysis
• Identifying and analyzing conflict
• Identifying and analyzing plot
• Analysis of symbols for deeper meaning
• Analyze figurative language for its deeper meaning
• Analysis of flashbacks and foreshadowing
• Development of motif and theme across the novel
Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every lesson. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer! Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking and use textual evidence to support their stance. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work.
The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allows for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful, either in-class or for homework. Regardless, every question is aligned to a relevant Common Core State Standard.
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