20th Century Ghosts is American author Joe Hill's first published book-length work. A collection of short stories, it was first published in October 2005.
Better Than Home is about child named Homer who suffers from autism. His father is what I believe to be a somewhat famous Baseball player. Homer and his old man share a deep caring relationship with each other which serves as the backbone for most of this novella. While is relationship with his mother and aunt seems strained at best, especially with his aunt who seems to be incredibly selfish and inconsiderate. One of the major highlights of this tale is how Homer is sensitive to certain sounds and scents which seems to drive him into a frenzy. The only one who really understands him is his dad. (Goodreads)
You can check out a short review of Hill’s story collection.
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.