This is a Common Core based teaching packet for the short story “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas. The handouts and ideas included in this packet will engage your students in meaningful and fun pre-reading and post reading activities. Everything is ready for you to teach! No prep on your part is needed.
Take a look at the detailed list below to see what is included!
Prereading Activities Included:
Fun Ideas to use with this story
Prereading boxing terminology page- This handout will introduce students to the vocabulary pertaining to boxing that is included in the story.
Vocabulary preview - The vocabulary preview provides words in context so that students can determine meanings. CCSSRL4
After Reading Activities:
After Reading Questions Game Idea -These directions are for an optional fun game that you can play as a whole class once the post reading questions are completed by the students.
Handout to practice answering constructive response questions- This handout explains step by step how students should return to text to support an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn. It includes a non-example to help the students, and provides an opportunity for you to teach students the correct way to fully answer an open-ended question. CCSS7RL-1
Post Reading Questions- These handouts include fifteen questions. Students are required to return to the text to draw conclusions and analyze various elements of the story, including suspense, conflict, setting, and characters. *Many CCSS are addressed within these questions. Students must cite evidence to support their answers for several of the questions.
Handout to examine imagery- This handout helps students analyze how the author creates imagery. With this activity, students will find a passage; then, using the information provided on the handout, they will explain how imagery has been created by the author. CCSS7RL1
Writing Opportunity – News Report- This handout gives directions so that students can create a news report covering the boxing match in the story. A rubric is provided as well.
Answer keys are provided for each activity.
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