The anticipation resources will help generate excitement around a study of Amal Unbound. After students complete the anticipation guide and nonfiction readings, they will be ready to engage in a fun, informative scrapbook activity! Students will conduct research about various aspects of Pakistan and create a scrapbook of learning. The activity will aid students’ comprehension by providing information about the novel’s content that will help build background knowledge. Rather than wondering about what characters are talking about, they will have already developed an understanding that allows for deeper engagement with the text.
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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:
Anticipation Guide: The anticipation guide asks students to agree or disagree with 7 debatable questions and explain their stance. The questions aim to get students thinking about the themes and moral issues that arise in the novel. At the end of the novel study, students revisit these questions again and see if their opinions have changed at all. Then, Students write an essay on a changed opinion and why the novel made them reconsider their position.
Nonfiction Readings: The close reading lessons develop students’ background knowledge about Pakistan and its history and culture. Using these informational texts, students will learn about the complicated history of Pakistan and Pakistani culture. Each close reading includes questions that will develop essential skills aligned to the reading of informational texts under the Common Core State Standards. After practicing these skills over the course of the unit, you can be confident your students will have mastered numerous skills.
Scrapbook Extension Activity: The scrapbook activity guides students to investigate Pakistan’s history, culture, and society. Rather than just writing a paper, though, students will pack their bags for a knowledge adventure! Each page in the scrapbook directs students to learn about specific aspects of Pakistan. By the end of the project, you can be confident students will have developed a wealth of background knowledge to help them understand Amal Unbound and its setting.
Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every assignment if applicable. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer! Part of the strength of the analysis questions 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 allow 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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